nugatory


nu·ga·to·ry

adjective \ˈnü-gə-ˌtr-ē, ˈnyü-\

Definition of NUGATORY

1
:  of little or no consequence :  trifling, inconsequential
2
:  having no force :  inoperative

Examples of NUGATORY

  1. <the congressional resolution has symbolic value only, as it relates to a matter governed by the states and is thus nugatory>
  2. <the book is entertaining, but its contributions to Shakespearean scholarship are nugatory>

Origin of NUGATORY

Latin nugatorius, from nugari to trifle, from nugae trifles
First Known Use: 1603

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