annulment

An annulment is the cancellation of revocation of something, like a marriage. After an annulment, it's like the marriage never happened.

The root nul (from Latin nullum) of this word is a good clue to its meaning: the underlying verb annul originally meant "reduce to nothing." An annulment also reduces something to nothing by canceling or terminating it, usually in a legal sense. The most common use of the term is the annulment of a marriage, which not only ends the marriage, but legally makes it as if the marriage never happened. Annulment is like a legal eraser.

Definitions of annulment
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n the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation

Synonyms:
abrogation, repeal
Types:
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derogation
(law) the partial taking away of the effectiveness of a law; a partial repeal or abolition of a law
vacation
the act of making something legally void
recall
the act of removing an official by petition
revocation
the act (by someone having the authority) of annulling something previously done
Type of:
cancellation
the act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement

n the state of being cancelled or annulled

Synonyms:
revocation
Type of:
state
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n (law) a formal termination (of a relationship or a judicial proceeding etc)

Synonyms:
invalidation
Types:
dissolution of marriage
an annulment of a marriage
Type of:
breakup, dissolution
the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)

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