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Definition of "annul" []

  • To make or declare void or invalid, as a marriage or a law; nullify. (verb-transitive)
  • To obliterate the effect or existence of: "The significance of the past . . . is annulled in idle gusts of electronic massacre” ( Alexander Cockburn). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "annul" in a sentence
  • "While Buckley calmly declares Hefner's out to "annul" the moral code, Hefner attempts to claim he was not rejecting or attacking monogamy, which is quite simply lying."
  • "&c. And, in the face of this broad charge, without a blush and without shame, they themselves propose to 'annul' a most solemn compromise here at home, and to 'break down' the "landmarks of policy erected by our fathers," "to reconcile conflicting interests of different sections," and to bring peace and contentment to our people."
  • "The liberum veto, which allowed any representative to dissolve the Sejm and even to annul its previous decisions, was applied with growing recklessness in the 17th and 18th cent."