an·nul·ment /ə-'nəl-mənt/ n
1: the act of annulling: the state of being annulled
2: a declaration by a court that a marriage is invalid compare divorce

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun abolishment, abolition, abrogation, cancellation, contravention, decree of nullity, deletion, discontinuance, disestablishment, dissolution, effacement, invalidation, negation, nullification, obliteration, rasure, rescindment, retraction, reversal, revocation, revokement, undoing, vitiation, voidance associated concepts: alimony, annulment of a marriage, dissolution of marriage, divorce, separation, voidable marriage II index abatement (extinguishment), abolition, ademption, avoidance (cancellation), cancellation, countermand, defeasance, disclaimer, dismissal (termination of a proceeding), dissolution (termination), invalidity, mistrial, negation, repudiation, rescision, retraction, reversal, revocation

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A court procedure that dissolves a marriage and treats it as if it never happened. The most common reason for a person to want an annulment instead of a divorce is for religious purposes. Annulments are rare since the advent of no-fault divorce but may be obtained in most states for one of the following reasons: misrepresentation, concealment (for example, of an addiction or criminal record), misunderstanding, and refusal to consummate the marriage.
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & Custody

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

A judgment by a court that retroactively invalidates a marriage to the date of its formation.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A judgment by a court that retroactively invalidates a marriage to the date of its formation.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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