annul

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French anuller, from Latin annullō (annihilate, annul), from ad (to) + nūllus (none, not any).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Rhymes: -ʌl
  • IPA(key): /əˈnʌl/
  • Homophone: Anal (an ethnic group in India; not to be confused with anal, which is not homophonous)

Verb[edit]

annul (third-person singular simple present annuls, present participle annulling, simple past and past participle annulled)

  1. (transitive) To formally revoke the validity of.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Lecture 2:
      If you ask how religion thus falls on the thorns and faces death, and in the very act annuls annihilation, I cannot explain the matter, for it is religion's secret, and to understand it you must yourself have been a religious man of the extremer type.
  2. (transitive) To dissolve (a marital union) on the grounds that it is not valid.

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References[edit]

  • annul” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.

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