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Monday, November 11, 2002

Definitions for nugatory

  1. of no real value; trifling; worthless.
  2. of no force or effect; ineffective; futile; vain.
  3. not valid.

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Citations for nugatory
Just at the moment, he was covering Art in a provincial paper for a financially nugatory consideration: a disadvantageous circumstance which he would explain as arising solely from his exceptional professional integrity. Michael Innes, Money from Holme, 1964
Martin Rees, Britain's Astronomer Royal, is one of those who sees the nugatory role played by evidence in the development of the theory as one of the things "that makes Einstein seem even more remarkable: he wasn't motivated by any mysterious phenomena he couldn't explain." He depended simply on his insight into what sort of thing gravity must be, and the beauty of the mathematics required to describe it. , "General relativity: The most beautiful theory," The Economist, November 28, 2015
Origin of nugatory
Nugatory stems from the Latin nūgārī meaning "to trifle." It entered English around 1600.