- of no real value; trifling; worthless.
- of no force or effect; ineffective; futile; vain.
- not valid.
Origin of nugatory
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Examples from the Web for nugatory
This order, however, was nugatory, as the court had no power to enforce its judgments.The Mormon Prophet and His Harem
Therefore all art which involves no reference to man is inferior or nugatory.Modern Painters, Volume V (of 5)
These boasted bulwarks of Italy have proved as nugatory as the Alps.
They tell us plainly that resisting these illusions with truth renders them nugatory.Carmen Ariza
Charles Francis Stocking
His judgment may not be impartial, but at least it is not nugatory.
- of little value; trifling
- not valida nugatory law
Word Origin and History for nugatory
"trifling, of no value," c.1600, from Latin nugatorius "worthless, trifling, futile," from nugator "jester, trifler, braggart," from nugatus, past participle of nugari "to trifle, jest, play the fool," from nugæ "jokes, jests, trifles," of unknown origin.