Definition of void in English:



  • 1Not valid or legally binding.

    ‘the contract was void’
    • ‘If such an agreement is always void, employers would be deterred from settling disputes.’
    • ‘The effect then is that the discretion conferred by Parliament is exercised, at least in part, by the wrong authority, and the resulting decision is ultra vires and void.’
    • ‘The condition was therefore unenforceable or void for uncertainty and, even if the other grounds were to fail, the decision should be quashed to allow this matter to be corrected.’
    • ‘By its terms the eviction order would be void if the plaintiffs paid to the defendant a stipulated amount on or before January 28, 2003.’
    • ‘First he invoked the doctrine of non est factum and alleged that the charge was void.’
    • ‘Any agreements or decisions prohibited pursuant to this Article shall be automatically void.’
    • ‘It was enticed by false representations, and if that agreement, the lease was void, then a legal lease could not grow out of that.’
    • ‘Both parties accepted that the variation agreement was void.’
    • ‘But there is nothing in this case which would warrant the grant of an injunction against the third respondent unless the decision of the Tribunal was void.’
    • ‘So Joe claimed the marriage between his father and J'Noel was void.’
    • ‘Accordingly, whether or not I am right about the boundary shown by the conveyances, I hold that the boundary agreement is not void against the defendant for want of registration.’
    • ‘As the jury found the agreement was a loan on the security of the car, the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed D's conviction as this agreement was void and thus the car was unencumbered.’
    • ‘The parties are also agreed that my previous rulings are void as a result of the mistrial.’
    • ‘The position is that the articles have legislated a particular set of sanctions, namely, that a transfer which does not comply with the article is void.’
    • ‘The authors argue that, despite the provision in Article 53 that inconsistent treaties are void, the doctrine has had little formal or practical consequence.’
    • ‘Is the liquidated damages provision valid or is it void for uncertainty or inoperable?’
    • ‘The former made void proceedings by way of levying execution against a company being wound up by the court.’
    • ‘In a nutshell, the important issue is whether the compromise of proceedings entered into by parties on the basis of a common mistake of law is void by reason of that mistake.’
    • ‘A brief review of the law indicates that a contract claimed to be entered under duress or undue influence is voidable, not void; it may be ratified by subsequent conduct.’
    • ‘When a jurisdictional error by the body is deemed to have occurred, it means that the decision has always been legally void.’
    invalid, null and void, null, nullified, cancelled, revoked, rescinded, abolished, inoperative, ineffective, not binding, not in force, non-viable, useless, worthless, nugatory
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    1. 1.1 (of speech or action) ineffectual; useless.
      ‘all the stratagems you've worked out are rendered void’
      • ‘Are you saying that all the work that has been done so far is null and void and should not be viewed as having made some progress?’
      • ‘A ‘moot’ point is one the Indian wants to argue; but if it's moot, the American considers it null and void.’
      • ‘Too bad the anti-war statement has become all but null and void.’
      • ‘It doesn't matter that I have a college degree, and if I don't go back and redo my senior year of high school, that college degree becomes null and void.’
      • ‘When a senator leaves their party to another, or to go independent, suddenly literally hundreds and thousands of voters preferences are rendered null and void.’
      • ‘The old checks I had, had the wrong address printed along the top, making them absolutely void.’
      • ‘It is very obvious if confessions were exerted under torture, then they are null and void.’
      • ‘As part of the all-postal arrangements, each vote is null and void unless the elector has obtained the signature of a witness.’
      • ‘We've spoken with the rental car company, and because of your sister being an international visitor, her insurance is null and void here so she's going to have to pay for the damage out of hand.’
      • ‘Even if you receive a notice through the post, the ticket is null and void.’
      • ‘Under that logic, the entire concept of obscenity has become abrogated and essentially null and void.’
      • ‘But Mr Gall confirmed that the process, likely to cost £30,000, would be null and void if North Yorkshire council were abolished.’
      • ‘Without this law, the entire purpose of campaign funding limits on parties would be null and void.’
      • ‘In Einstein's world, free will - our most precious attribute - would be meaningless, null and void.’
      • ‘Which means, someone needs to get fired over this, or all apologies and posturing about being responsible are null and void.’
      • ‘In fact, all comments become null and void after seven days.’
      • ‘If not, the cost and time spent on the 2004 elections could be null and void.’
      • ‘The precautions taken publicly are rendered null and void by the amount of negligence which goes on in private.’
      • ‘But if you don't think, that ability is null and void.’
      • ‘Until it becomes so, any conclusion linking the death penalty with the murder rate will be null and void.’
  • 2Completely empty.

    ‘void spaces surround the tanks’
    • ‘The boathouse was empty, and left a void space of sea water in the middle of the room.’
    • ‘From the difficulty of assigning a beginning of time, he argued the eternity of existing nature, of void space, and of motion.’
    • ‘The atomists held that there are smallest indivisible bodies from which everything else is composed, and that these move about in an infinite void space.’
    • ‘It should be noted that the void spaces inside the load do not include those in sealed packages, where the pressure may be different from that of the headspace.’
    • ‘Porosity is defined as the ratio of the volume of pores, or void space, in a porous material to the bulk volume of the material, which includes both solids and voids.’
    • ‘The bed is a void space, a limbo where life's pause button can be pressed at will.’
    • ‘He continued to sit, staring into the void space.’
    • ‘Instead they have found a home in the void zone between success and failure.’
    • ‘In these valves, the valve seats are placed on opposite sides of the ball and axially pressed together to form a substantially void free axial seal.’
    • ‘At first floor level this area is void, indicating perhaps why much of this accommodation at ground level has not been capable of sub-division.’
    • ‘It does not include all of the void space on mineral restoration works.’
    • ‘She decided to just transfer her mind into a blank and void world so that her thoughts did not overtake her and carry her to a place that she didn't want to go again.’
    • ‘His hope is that they will fill both large and small void spaces and be able to repel a wide range of both water- and oil-based stains.’
    • ‘In fact, it is the lipid tilt degree of freedom that allows a fusion stalk to exist without the formation of a void region inside.’
    • ‘The architect created a void space shielded with glass to allow sunlight to penetrate into the interior.’
    • ‘The effectiveness of this compactional pump diminished over time as void space in the peat gradually collapsed.’
    • ‘Ephrahim, Pastory's nephew and a clan member, filed a suit requesting the Primary Court to declare that the land was void since females had no power under Haya customary law to sell clan land.’
    • ‘The presence of the cavities suggests that sufficient void space is provided for protein structural fluctuations to allow oxygen penetration.’
    • ‘It is soluble in water, which means, before conducting atmosphere readings in tanks and void spaces, any residual water will need to be agitated or mopped up.’
    • ‘Do we long for the filling up of every void place and gap in our hearts?’
    • ‘Monuments - or projects for monuments - began to espouse holes, void spaces and black surfaces, and inversions.’
    • ‘These minerals are found in void spaces within and between pillows.’
    • ‘In such configurations, the glucose ring fills the void space between adjacent headgroups.’
    • ‘The below-decks, where the void rooms, hold, cannon-deck, and pretty much everything else in the ship was located.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, attraction across void space seemed a mystery, and some of his eminent contemporaries were unwilling to accept his physics.’
    • ‘When we deduct the void spaces and add the exterior staircases and temple, we arrive at a total of around 1.5 million stones.’
    • ‘This ratio provides an indication of the available void space within the pore structure of the brick unit to accommodate freezing expansion.’
    • ‘In 1965, he started stacking his metal boxes on the wall, encompassing the void spaces between the boxes as part of the single art object.’
    empty, emptied, vacant, without contents, containing nothing, blank, bare, clear, free, unfilled, unoccupied, uninhabited, desolate, barren
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    1. 2.1void of Free from; lacking.
      ‘what were once the masterpieces of literature are now void of meaning’
      • ‘One more sense is revealed in this manner, as the viewer can hear what is present during the exposure, which in itself adds volume to the vacant, but not void, photograph.’
      • ‘Additional boardwalks on the site are arranged to form a central void space.’
      devoid of, empty of, vacant of, bare of, destitute of, bereft of, denuded of, deficient in, free from
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    2. 2.2formal (of an office or position) vacant.
  • 3predicative (in bridge and whist) having been dealt no cards in a particular suit.

    ‘there is a danger that one of the opponents will be void in that suit’
    ‘when West showed void he went into a huddle’
    • ‘If the trump suit is lead, and a player is void, but holds a rank trump card, that player must play the rank trump card.’
    • ‘Instead the game is void (no score or payment) and the same dealer deals again.’
    • ‘This way you lose the lead and hope to trump with one of your small trumps when your void suit is led.’
    • ‘A multiple lead may also win because an opponent, although void, does not have enough trumps to match the number of cards led.’
    • ‘If the led card is the 6, you may play any card you wish, being void in the diamond suit and thus unable to follow it.’
    • ‘The opponents should try to lead suits in which the declarer is void.’
    • ‘There are also only eleven spades available, however, so the opposing players may eventually become void in spades if the holder of the honour cards waits long enough before playing them.’
    • ‘East considers that it is best to trump with the QH and West, now void in the led suit of clubs, is allowed to over-trump with the AH’
    • ‘For example if you try to bet after the following player has already played a card, your bet is void.’
    • ‘Having bid ulti, the declarer is obliged to keep the 7 of trumps as long as is legally possible, subject to the rules of following suit and trumping when void.’
    • ‘If she is not void, she must either follow suit or play a higher trump.’
    • ‘The principle is that if a second card of a suit that has been led is played at the earliest opportunity, this guarantees that one of the players will be made to be void in that suit.’
    • ‘Each player must follow suit until he is void (note that you are not allowed to trump while you still have a card of the led suit - this is unlike Pitch).’
    • ‘If you have a singleton or void suit, you take a big risk that the declarer will find lots of cards of this suit in the talon when he exchanges, and your partner's stop in the suit might not be enough to beat the contract.’


  • 1A completely empty space.

    ‘the black void of space’
    • ‘The maps show the clustering of galaxies into a variety of large-scale structures, including long filaments, empty voids, and dense groups and clusters.’
    • ‘The galaxies then gathered in clusters, and the clusters gathered in long strings with humongous, almost empty, voids in between.’
    • ‘The deep shades of blue, interspersed with voids of black seem to create vivid patterns of the creative dance of the mind.’
    • ‘At least out in space the void was far from empty with starlight in every direction,’
    • ‘But she felt like she had a hole inside her: an empty space, a void, a little circle of darkness.’
    • ‘They are found in the great intergalactic voids - vast spaces between groupings of normal galaxies.’
    • ‘The division between atoms and void was significant in that it attributed existence to empty space for the first time.’
    • ‘Valerie felt like she had just fallen into a void, empty of everything, a place which made no sense.’
    • ‘As Wallace rightfully notes, the observer outside of the hole sees it as a void, an empty place in space.’
    • ‘But what is the earth itself but a small life-ship spinning through an endless space of unmapped voids?’
    • ‘This basement was an empty void for a very long time and slowly became the museum in the 1980s.’
    • ‘Thus it is left open, unfinished: It can be a space of possibility or an empty void.’
    • ‘You can't imagine it as an empty black void, because you don't have eyes too see it, ears to hear it, or a brain to comprehend it.’
    • ‘It's too bad, I feel you miss a lot by conducting your maneuvers with hundreds of kilometers of empty void between your units.’
    • ‘The church seemed absolutely empty, the void being emphasized by its graceful coolness.’
    • ‘The abyss is not an empty void, but full of nature's wonderful mysteries.’
    • ‘You can do barrel rolls, switch between targets with the control pad, and dive effortlessly about within the void of space.’
    • ‘Hot spots would one day become hotbeds of galaxy formation; cold spots would one day become great, empty voids.’
    • ‘What all atoms have in common is a large empty space, or void, which contains these quarks of energy, spinning around so fast as to provide the illusion of matter.’
    • ‘There's a void, an empty space in my observations where the poor guy was which seems somehow to have failed to register properly.’
    gap, empty space, space, blank space, blank, vacuum, lacuna, hole, cavity, chasm, abyss, gulf, pit, hiatus
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    1. 1.1 An unfilled space in a wall, building, or other structure.
      • ‘This central, multistory void separates distinct living spaces for the two owners, a mother and son.’
      • ‘On clear days, the void is filled with daylight that is transmitted down through the ceiling prism elements.’
      • ‘Thermography in combination with impulse radar was used to locate structural penetrations and voids within the walls of this masonry structure.’
      • ‘Clearly, for the Roman architects, three-dimensional space was more than a void between objects.’
      • ‘Additionally, all wall areas must be free of gaps or voids through which sound could travel.’
      • ‘Koolhaas also designed the Guggenheim's own 6400 sq m exhibition space within a void just off the casino.’
      • ‘The void is the public space that might have been.’
      • ‘The National Academies Building acknowledges its historic context through a rhythm of voids and projections in the facades.’
      • ‘This pivotal courtyard is a mediating space, a void, and, at the same time, the plan's hub.’
      • ‘The building is a composition of solids and voids, making spaces at street level where students can sit and interact.’
      • ‘The introduction of voids into the structure would lower its polarizability.’
      • ‘Within the voids of the structure, ample cedar storage spaces have been inserted.’
      • ‘At the same time, by dangling the art in an implied deep space, Bontecou conceives a void filled with anti-gravitational activity.’
      • ‘Because the buildings are fairly old there are no party walls in the roof void, which is why it spread quickly.’
      • ‘The wall is designed to eliminate the need for grouting the interior voids to provide structure strength.’
      • ‘This comprises two double layers of glass - the outermost layer made of curved panels to produce a scalloped effect - with dramatic maintenance walkways in the interstitial voids.’
      • ‘In effect, it is a highly disciplined architecture, structured and animated by voids and contained within the limits of an urban block.’
      • ‘The quicker we get to the voids, any type of voids that we might have, and there are plenty of voids underneath the building.’
      • ‘New windows will alter the careful composition of wall and void at various key points.’
      • ‘These beetles will spend the winter in attics, wall voids and around window frames.’
    2. 1.2 An emptiness caused by the loss of something.
      ‘his loss leaves a void in the community’
      • ‘The never-ending flow of mental activity started as consciousness abruptly exploded from the void of nothingness.’
      • ‘His loss leaves a void in the community which will be difficult to replace and we tender our deepest sympathies to the bereaved.’
      • ‘His presence helped to replace some of the emptiness inside, the void in her heart.’
      • ‘After about four years of separation that was filled with this gigantic hidden void of emptiness and despair, why now?’
      • ‘In a press statement, the leaders have described Azad a poet par excellence and said his loss has created a void in literary circles.’
      • ‘She reached for her power and found nothing, just a void.’
      • ‘He is coming off a good season, and his loss would create a void in the locker room.’
      • ‘In modern times, the town's main employers were coal mining and associated heavy engineering, the loss of which created a void in the economy.’
      • ‘Instead of the flood of emotions that I had been expecting, I felt nothing but a void in my heart.’
      • ‘Williams was clearly their best tackle and his loss will leave a major void.’
      • ‘Nothing you do will be able to fill the void you fill towards the loss of doing what you love as a lawyer.’
      • ‘Government regulations prohibiting the use of ephedra left a tremendous void in the energy/weight loss category.’
      • ‘Our approach in the changes we made was to augment his presence, and his loss left a void in the team and organization.’
      • ‘But it had to come to an end, leaving me with a renewed feeling of void and emptiness.’
      • ‘The loss of Dad will leave a huge void in our lives.’
      • ‘There's a giant void, an emptiness that will never, ever be filled.’
      • ‘However, perhaps the biggest void will be caused by the loss of on-loan Celtic forward, David Fernandez.’
      • ‘All that there was left was an emptiness, a void.’
      • ‘It is the emptiness, the void that swallows me for a moment, and I realize I am working, and far from my love.’
      • ‘Gwen felt as though half of her soul had been ripped away from her, leaving nothing but a gaping void.’
  • 2(in bridge and whist) a suit in which a player is dealt no cards.

    ‘a hand with a singleton club is more likely than one with a void’
    • ‘A defender exchanging only a few cards usually is best off by trying to make himself void in a side suit.’
    • ‘If you have the king with many cards of the same suit, someone is almost sure to be void of the suit.’
    • ‘For example, consider a hand which can guarantee taking no tricks, and has a heart void.’
    • ‘The joker can only be played to a trick when the holder is void of the suit led, but it is not compulsory to play it then.’
    • ‘If a non-trump is led, and the second player plays a trump, the third player may only player a smaller trump if void in the suit led.’
    • ‘You secretly place the bets, one to a suit, and if you're void in that suit at the end of the hand, you collect the appropriate number of points.’
    • ‘The rules of play are as in Euchre - you must follow suit, and if void of the suit led you may trump or discard at will.’
    • ‘A game with Armut is easier to win than it sounds, because the poverty player can discard valuable cards on partner's tricks, and also because the accepting player gets the chance to create voids.’
    • ‘If a player is void in such category any of the other cards in the hand can be played.’
    • ‘The second player to any lead must follow suit if able; must trump if able when void of a plain suit lead; and in any case must win the trick if he can.’
    • ‘This could be when you are void in the suit led or to a spade trick when the Ace or King of Spades has already been played.’
    • ‘When passing cards and choosing a card for the bottle imp trick, I strongly prefer to give myself a red or blue void if possible.’
    • ‘This is especially a good idea if the player is long in some non-trump suit because this may mean that his partner is void in that suit and can trump it.’
    • ‘In this way, the partner that plays second or third to the trick will know that the declarer is void in this suit.’
    • ‘Tricks are played as in Whist, that is, suit must be followed if possible and a player void in the suit led may trump or discard as he chooses.’
    • ‘You must follow suit, you are never forced to play trump (if void in the suit led, one may play any card).’


[with object]
  • 1North American Declare that (something) is not valid or legally binding.

    ‘the Supreme court voided the statute’
    • ‘Will judges invoke their own narrow, ideological readings of the Constitution to void progressive legislation?’
    • ‘In 1972, the Supreme Court, in Furman v. Georgia, voided all existing state death penalty statutes, thus suspending the death penalty.’
    • ‘Before the mid-eighteenth century, courts were prepared to void a statute if it was deemed to clash with common law.’
    • ‘One might expect that a Member of Parliament whose election was voided by the High Court would be required to step down.’
    • ‘So, automatically, these licenses are voided because the supreme court rules that the mayor overstepped his bounds?’
    • ‘The notice had been filed against a ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal voiding the department's medicine pricing regulations.’
    • ‘For these reasons, the Supreme Court voided the visitation order.’
    • ‘The reason for this exception is to prevent the statute of limitations from voiding the taxpayer's ability to take this deduction.’
    • ‘The lower courts in Ohio voided the contracts on the grounds that they were usurious loans.’
    • ‘If baseball had a real commissioner, he would have stepped in - for the good of the game - and voided that contract.’
    • ‘But the Supreme Court voided the civil damages award.’
    • ‘The country's highest court has voided the country's run-off election amid charges it was fixed for the candidate backed by Moscow.’
    • ‘In the case of a criminal trial, that means that a defendant can void a conviction because of such discrimination.’
    • ‘At the time, North Carolina law voided marriages ‘between a white person and a person of Negro or Indian blood to the third generation inclusive.’’
    • ‘The negative form of the section means that both substantial compliance with the law and no effect upon the result are required to save breaches of duty or the rules from voiding the election.’
    • ‘Many of the legal consequences of marriage have now been applied even to void unions, and virtually all marriages are open to dissolution even if only one spouse wishes it.’
    • ‘The vote was voided by the Supreme Court on fraud allegations.’
    • ‘It argued that the funds could be wasted if a court later voids the measure.’
    • ‘Even if the state doesn't prosecute you for it, doing it voids your malpractice insurance which means you may lose your ability to practice anywhere.’
    • ‘By the terms of the tribunal's order the pending termination of the tenancy was voided when the eviction order was voided, namely on January 28, 2003.’
    invalidate, render invalid, annul, nullify
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  • 2Discharge or drain away (water, gases, etc.)

    ‘the gases are usually voided into the mechanism’
    • ‘But to give you an idea, all these areas here, except for the lower Ninth Ward - most of these areas that I'm showing you right here were already voided of water; the water was gone.’
    1. 2.1Medicine Excrete (waste matter)
      ‘it cannot be metabolized and is voided in the urine’
      • ‘Patients are discharged the day after surgery providing they are afebrile, voiding after Foley catheter removal, achieving pain management with oral medication, and ambulating without difficulty.’
      • ‘The initial determination of microscopic hematuria should be based on microscopic examination of urinary sediment from a freshly voided, clean-catch, midstream urine specimen.’
      • ‘The normal adult bladder holds approximately 400 ml of urine and when more than this amount has entered the bladder the pressure starts to rise and the desire to void urine is felt.’
      • ‘The nurse reviews postoperative teaching, discharge planning, and follow-up office visits with the patient and ensures that he or she has voided before discharge to physical therapy.’
      • ‘All patients who had an indwelling Foley catheter were successfully voiding within 12 days after the procedure.’
      eject, expel, emit, discharge, pass, excrete, egest, let out, send out, release, exude, eliminate
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    2. 2.2usually as adjective voided Empty or evacuate (a container or space)
      ‘a fully voided core assembly’
      • ‘This heating would melt the wax and allow it to be poured off or voided, leaving a hollow mould.’
      evacuate, empty, empty out, drain, clear, unload, unburden, purge
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Middle English (in the sense ‘unoccupied’): from a dialect variant of Old French vuide; related to Latin vacare ‘vacate’; the verb partly a shortening of avoid, reinforced by Old French voider.