You searched for: “annulment
1. A formal and legal termination of a relationship or a judicial proceeding, etc.; especially, the formal declaration that annuls a marriage.
2. A court procedure that dissolves a marriage and treats it as if it never happened.

The most common reason for anyone to want an annulment instead of a divorce is for religious reasons.

Annulments are usually rare since the advent of "no-fault divorce" but it may be obtained in most states in America for one of the following reasons: misrepresentation, concealment; for example, of an addiction or criminal record, and the refusal to consummate the marriage.

3. A mental process or mechanism by which unpleasant or painful ideas are abolished from the mind of a psychiatric patient.

Such patients render as nonexistent, certain specific events or ideas which have been painful or disagreeable to them.

In annulment, painful experiences are said to be shifted into daydreams; while in repression, the painful experiences may be eliminated from consciousness and pushed into the unconscious, after which they may reappear in dreams or as symptoms.

—Based on information obtained from
Psychiatric Dictionary, 7th edition, by Robert Jean Campbell, M.D.;
New York; Oxford University Press; 1996; page 48.
This entry is located in the following units: -ment (page 2) nul-, null-, nulli- + (page 1)