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Definition declare invalid; or end or cancel

The form, annulment, is often used without a qualifier to refer to the legal invalidation of a marriage.
  • The marriage was annulled.
  • The myriad flecks of the plankton were annulled now by the high sun and it was only the great deep prisms in the blue water that the old man saw now with his lines.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • annulled = ended or made ineffective (their dim light could no longer be seen)
  • After all, that task would be easier to perform, now that his personal stake in it was annulled.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • This country has done much, I wish it may do more, and annul every narrow idea in religion, government, and commerce.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He had hoped only a handful of Vatican power brokers knew of Opus Dei's impending annulment.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • There is nothing in the past that can annul our right to each other; it is the first time we have either of us loved with our whole heart and soul.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Mary's mother couldn't figure out how on earth Father Monaghan would get the Catholic Church to agree to have my first marriage annulled.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • If you are able to satisfy your need, your ability annuls your right to satisfy it.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But never mind, glory to the mattress which annuls a cannon!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • No, I think, but even if it were, it turned out to be Mitt, some wondrous thing, who will forever annul any of our regret.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Her master or mistress could annul it any day they pleased.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • She had an annulled high school marriage and an abortion behind her.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • It was for this I had annulled the lease—it was for this I had come—it was for this I was waiting.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Moon Boy is more like to annul my marriage than he is.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Cause if n you do, or if n you have a mind to after you git over bein' so mad at him, why, we could git this'n annulled.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • He annulled the registrations with a stroke of the pen.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Nor did I deem that thou, a mortal man, Could'st by a breath annul and override The immutable unwritten laws of Heaven.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Each had the power to annul or repeal the acts of the other.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • It often happens that these two rules differ; they sometimes conflict: but they are never either entirely identified or entirely annulled by one another.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Surely, there will be repercussions, but will they go so far as Coin annulling our agreement for the victors' immunity?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay

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