The definition of annul means to do away with, make null and void or reduce to nothing.
An example of annul is to invalidate a marriage.
- to do away with; put an end to
- to make no longer binding under the law; invalidate; cancel
Origin of annulMiddle English annullen ; from Old French anuller ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin annullare, to bring to nothing ; from Classical Latin ad-, to + nullum, nothing, neuter of nullus: see null
transitive verban·nulled, an·nul·ling, an·nuls
- To make or declare void or invalid, as a marriage or a law; nullify.
- To bring to an end the effect or existence of; cancel out: “That task would be easier to perform now that his personal stake in it was annulled” (Edith Wharton).
Origin of annulMiddle English annullen, from Old French annuller, from Late Latin annullare : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin nullus, none; see ne in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present annuls, present participle annulling, simple past and past participle annulled)
- To formally revoke the validity of.
- To dissolve (a marital union) on the grounds that it is not valid.
annul - Legal Definition
- To cancel, make ineffective, invalidate, nullify, void.
- To judicially declare something to be void either from the date of decree or ab initio.
- To make an ecclesiastical or judicial declaration that a marriage is void ab initio and never existed. See also divorce.