transitive verb (annulled; annulling) Etymology: Middle English annullen, from Anglo-French annuller, from Late Latin annullare, from Latin ad- + nullus not any — more at null Date: 15th century 1. to reduce to nothing ; obliterate 2. to make ineffective or inoperative ; neutralize <
annul the drug's effect
3. to declare or make legally invalid or void <
wants the marriage annulled
Synonyms: see nullify

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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