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 for nullity
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nullity \Nul"li*ty\ (n[u^]l"l[i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl. Nullities.
     [LL. nullitias, fr. L. nullus none: cf. F. nullit['e] . See
     Null.]
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     1. The quality or state of being null; nothingness; want of
        efficacy or force.
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     2. (Law) Nonexistence; as, a decree of nullity of marriage is
        a decree that no legal marriage exists.
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     3. That which is null.
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              Was it not absurd to say that the convention was
              supreme in the state, and yet a nullity? --Macaulay.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  nullity
      n 1: the state of nonexistence [syn: nothingness, void,
           nullity, nihility]
      2: something that is null (especially an enactment that has no
         legal validity)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  72 Moby Thesaurus words for "nullity":
     a little thing, absence, aimlessness, cipher, dead letter,
     deprivation, dud, dummy, emptiness, empty sound, futility,
     hardly anything, hollow man, inanity, inessential, insignificance,
     insignificancy, jackstraw, lay figure, man of straw,
     marginal matter, matter of indifference, meaninglessness,
     mere noise, mere nothing, minor matter, nada, naught, nebbish,
     negation, negativeness, negativity, nihility, no great matter,
     nobody, noise, nonbeing, nonentity, nonexistence, nonoccurrence,
     nonreality, nonsensicality, nonsubsistence, not-being, nothing,
     nothing in particular, nothing to signify, nothingness,
     paltry affair, peu de chose, phatic communion, puppet,
     purposelessness, pushover, rien du tout, scarcely anything,
     senselessness, technicality, thing of naught, trifle, unactuality,
     unmeaningness, unreality, unsignificancy, vacancy, vacuity, vacuum,
     void, whiffet, whippersnapper, zero, zilch
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  NULLITY. Properly, that which does not exist; that which is not properly in 
  the nature of things. In a figurative sense, and in law, it means that which 
  has no more effect than if it did not exist, and also the defect which 
  prevents it from having such effect. That which is absolutely void. 
       2. It is a yule of law that what is absolutely null produces no effects 
  whatever; as, if a man bad a wife in full life, and both aware of the fact, 
  he married another woman, such second marriage would be nun and without any 
  legal effect. Vide Chit, Contr. 228; 3 Chit. Pr. 522; 2 Archb. Pr. K. B. 4th 
  edit. 888; Bayl. Ch. Pr. 97. 
       3. Nullities have been divided into absolute and relative. Absolute 
  nullities are those which may be insisted upon by any one having an interest 
  in rendering the act, deed or writing null, even by the public authorities, 
  as a second marriage while the former was in full force. Everything 
  fraudulent is null and void. Relative nullities can be invoked only by those 
  in whose favor the law has been established, land, in fact, such power is 
  less a nullity of the act than a faculty which one or more persons have to 
  oppose the validity of the act. 
       4. The principal causes of nullities are, 
       1. Defect of form; as, for example, when the law requires that a will 
  of land shall be attested by three witnesses, and it is on] attested by two. 
  Vide Will. 
       5.-2. Want of will; as, if a man be compelled to execute a bond by 
  duress, it is null and void. Vide Duress. 
       6.-3. The incapacities of the parties; as in the cases of persons non 
  compos mentis, of married women's contracts, and the like. 
       7.-4. The want of consideration in simple contracts; as a verbal 
  promise with out consideration. 
       8.-5. The want of recording, when the law requires that the matter 
  should be recorded; as, in the case of judgments. 
       9.-6. Defect of power in the party who entered into a contract in 
  behalf of another; as, when an attorney for a special purpose makes an 
  agreement for his principal in relation to another thing. Vide Attorney; 
  Authority. 
     10.-7. The loss of a thing which is the subject of a contract; as, when 
  A sells B horse, both supposing him to be alive, when in fact he was dead. 
  Vide Contract; Sale. 
       Vide Perrin, Traite des Nullites; Henrion, Pouvoir Municipal, liv. 2, 
  c. 18; Merl. Rep. h.t.; Dall. Diet. h.t. See art. Void. 
  
  

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