• WordNet 3.6
    • v annul cancel officially "He revoked the ban on smoking","lift an embargo","vacate a death sentence"
    • v annul declare invalid "The contract was annulled","void a plea"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Annul To make void or of no effect; to nullify; to abolish; to do away with; -- used appropriately of laws, decrees, edicts, decisions of courts, or other established rules, permanent usages, and the like, which are made void by component authority. "Do they mean to annul laws of inestimable value to our liberties?"
    • Annul To reduce to nothing; to obliterate. "Light, the prime work of God, to me's extinct.
      And all her various objects of delight Annulled ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • annul To reduce to nothing; annihilate; obliterate.
    • annul To make void or null; nullify; abrogate; abolish; do away with: used especially of laws, decrees, edicts, decisions of courts, or other established rules, usages, and the like.
    • annul Synonyms Abolish, Repeal, etc. (see abolish); Nullify, Annihilate, etc. (see neutralize); retract, declare null and void, supersede.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Annul an-nul′ to make null, to reduce to nothing: to abolish
    • pr.p Annul annul′ling; pa.p. annulled′
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. annuler, LL. annullare, annulare, fr. L. ad, to + nullus, none, nullum, neut., nothing. See Null (a.)


In literature:

The power to annul should, of course, be all the stronger when both parties desire it.
"The Red Conspiracy" by Joseph J. Mereto
But he only dissembled till he should find a favorable opportunity for annulling all his concessions.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part A. From the Britons of Early Times to King John" by David Hume
He could not wish that annulled.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
But you know also that my act was repudiated, and that immediate steps were taken to annul it.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
But the bold expedients adopted by the engineer annulled the bending action.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
I want this marriage annulled.
"One Wonderful Night" by Louis Tracy
Unless annulled by royal decree, the tax will come into operation on the 1st of February.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
Lillian was all unstrung, her powers of self-control annulled.
"The Ordeal" by Charles Egbert Craddock
It should be annulled only for the most serious offenses.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
I should grieve to see our ancient and glorious alliance annulled.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli

In poetry:

But not annulled, not overcome
By cruel blows of Fate;
Nor by the inauspicious frown
Of Truth, importunate!
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
O lights by which, far-taught, we trace
The path of Life from death to death!
O fanes of her recurrent breath,
And strength of Night's annulling mace!—
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
For custom now controuls mankind,
Kind nature's laws repealing;
Has every sentiment refin'd,
And by its influence o'er the mind,
Annull'd the power of feeling.
"A Fragment" by Elizabeth Bath
Shall Life renew these bodies? Of a truth
All death will he annul, all tears assuage?
Or fill these void veins full again with youth
And wash with an immortal water age?
"The End" by Wilfred Owen
And my ladies, a-row on the gallery wall,
Not a sing-song sergeant or corporal sainted
Shall pierce their breasts with his Puritan ball,
To annul the charms of the flesh, though painted!
"Two Moods Of Failure" by Helen Gray Cone
"The lives of men, the lives of men
With every sheaf are bound!
We are the blessing which annuls
The curse upon the ground!
And he who reaps the Golden Grain
The Golden Love hath found."
"A Harvest Song" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

It is a first annul run/walk event…and its coming up this weekend.
Boy was buckling booster seat when dad's gun fired, killing him, outside Pa. Egypt's Morsi annuls power-grabbing decree.
Morsi offers concession in decree annulment.
Morsi has agreed to annul the November 22 decree in an attempt to defuse increasing tension across the country, but insists that the constitutional vote should go ahead on Saturday.
Egypt's Morsi annuls decree, but controversial vote stands.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi annulled the decree that expanded his power, but the controversial Dec 15 constitutional referendum will happen.
Egypt's Morsi annuls controversial decree .
Egypt's Morsi Partially Annuls Decree Expanding His Powers.
President Mohammed Morsi 'annuls' decree (VIDEO).
While you would never leave him, his dishonesty is grounds for an annulment of the marriage.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has annulled a decree that gave him sweeping new powers last month, an official announced overnight in Cairo.
And then annulled it when Klose owned up to using his hand to score.
It described Coleman as "a longtime friend of the Kidman family who advised them on the annulment of Kidman's marriage with Tom Cruise.".
' Frightened ' India child bride annuls marriage.
Laxmi Sargara, 18, holds her certificate proving the annulment of her marriage in Jodhpur on April 24, 2012.

In science:

Annul Report of the Paul Scherrer Institute, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. [108] Webber, W. R., & Soutoul, A. 1998.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
AnnL (the annulator of L) is the set of linear functionals which become zero on L.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
Indeed, the only integrability condition of Theorem 1.1 which is a bit less obvious is the annulation of the Schouten concomitant C(π ′ ,A′ ) .
Reduction and submanifolds of generalized complex manifolds
If the pair of arguments that we consider are transverse to Z the annulation follows because of the integrability of the transverse, generalized, complex structure.
Dirac Structures and Generalized Complex Structures on $TM\times\mathds{R}^h$
For other types of arguments the annulation is either straightforward or a consequence of the holonomy and the P -Hamiltonian invariance of νZ (hypotheses of 3)). A similar procedure checks the last condition (3.10).
Dirac Structures and Generalized Complex Structures on $TM\times\mathds{R}^h$