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.
transitive verb-·nulled′, -·nul′ling
- 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 annullāre 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.