Nil Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Nil, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Nil?

Nothing, zero value;no.

History and Meaning of Nil

Nil is a term that originates from the Latin word "nihil," which means "nothing." In English, it means zero or no value. It is often used when there is no quantity of something, or when there is no answer to a question. In legal terms, it is used when there is no liability, no amount due, or no response to a claim.

Examples of Nil

  1. The balance in John's bank account was nil.
  2. The witness provided nil assistance to the police.
  3. The accused gave a nil response to the charges against him.
  4. The company had nil liability for the accident.
  5. The tax return showed a nil amount due.

Legal Terms Similar to Nil

  1. Zero - another term used to represent the number 0
  2. Null - used in programming to represent an absent or undefined value
  3. Abstain - a term used in voting to indicate a decision not to vote for or against a proposal.
  4. Void - a term used in legal contracts to indicate that the contract is no longer valid.