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
  1. noun
    the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation
    synonyms: abrogation, repeal
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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
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    cancellation
    the act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
  2. noun
    the state of being cancelled or annulled
    synonyms: revocation
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    state
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  3. noun
    (law) a formal termination (of a relationship or a judicial proceeding etc)
    synonyms: invalidation
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    types:
    dissolution of marriage
    an annulment of a marriage
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    breakup, dissolution
    the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)
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