These sample sentences are automatically selected from various online information sources to reflect the current use of the word “nothing.” The views expressed in the examples do not represent the views of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us your feedback. Nglish: Translation of nothing for Spanish speakers before the 12th century, in the sense defined in sense 1 Intellectuals can speak of a book or film as null and claim that it has nothing original enough to justify its existence. Jurists also use the word; A law passed by a legislature can be called void if, for example, it is so patently unconstitutional that it is defeated by the courts in no time. And if you`re in a hostile mood, you`re also free to call a person a nullity unless you call them a person, non-entity, or zero instead. Note: A marriage that is absolutely void does not have to be declared null and void to terminate its legal effects (as property rights). Note: A relatively void contract may be cancelled and the parties may revert to their original position. A marriage that constitutes a relative nullity must be annulled in order to terminate the legal effects (as property rights) of the marriage. Middle English, Old English nÄn chose, nÄthing, de nÄn no + thing thing – more at none.