Origin of nugatory
Examples from the Web for nugatory
In the absence of such officers the proposed legislation would be nugatory and inoperative.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|Grover Cleveland
But now, in the second place, even as regards changes produced by climate and food, the reply is nugatory.Darwin, and After Darwin, Volume II (of 3)|George John Romanes
These boasted bulwarks of Italy have proved as nugatory as the Alps.
If the former, then it had already rendered the prohibition upon slavery in the Louisiana territory, by the Act of 1820, nugatory.The Middle Period 1817-1858|John William Burgess
This, again, was an expedient which sounded well, but which would be nugatory and absurd.The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the|Thomas Clarkson
Word Origin 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.