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1 A declaration by the court that a marriage was never legally valid. In all cases of nullity except nonconsummation, a decree of annulment will only be granted within three years after the celebration of the marriage. See also nullity of marriage.

2 The cancellation by a court of a bankruptcy order, which occurs when it considers that the debtor was wrongly made bankrupt, when all the debts have been paid in full, or when the court approves a voluntary arrangement. The power of annulment is discretionary. Annulment does not affect the validity of any sale of property or other action that has already taken place as a result of the bankruptcy order. See feature Bankruptcy Law.

3 The cancellation of delegated legislation by resolution of either House of Parliament.

4 The setting aside of legislation or other action by the European Court of Justice.

Subjects: Law.


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