Vocabulary: Annul & Nullify
19/05/16 Vocabulary: Annul & Nullify
These words have much the same meaning (“to counteract the force, effectiveness, or existence of”).
Annul more strongly suggests abolishing or making nonexistent by legal action (e.g. to annul a marriage).
If at any time the seisin happens to be without a home it immediately returns to the transferor (or to his heirs), and all subsequent interests are annulled and destroyed.
Annul frequently appears in the verbose phrase annul and set aside; the last three words of that phrase are unnecessary.
Nullify has a broader meaning, and generally carries no necessary implication of legal action.
The Eighth Circuit nullified a breach-of-contract judgment obtained against the corporation in an Iranian court.
The senator’s vote was not nullified, but rather cast in the absence of certain information.