Definition of frivolous
Examples of frivolous in a sentence
She knew that people might think her frivolous, Kitty said, to talk to some saint when she had a cooking disaster, but that was what she really believed the saints were there for. —Alice Munro, New Yorker, 8 Oct. 2001
As the Explorer quickly became the most popular SUV of all time … a number of lawsuits concerning the Firestone tires were filed, the first in 1992. But Ford and Firestone, like most companies in today's … society, tend to assume that the bulk of legal actions are frivolous. —Daniel Eisenberg, Time, 11 Sept. 2000
There is no frivolous decoration, no canned music, nothing but the essentials—well-worn cutlery and table linen, unpretentious glasses. —Peter Mayle, GQ, May 1998
She thinks window shopping is a frivolous activity.
<judges are getting sick of people bringing frivolous lawsuits>
Origin and Etymology of frivolous
Middle English, from Latin frivolus
First Known Use: 15th century
FRIVOLOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of frivolous for English Language Learners
: not important : not deserving serious attention
: silly and not serious
FRIVOLOUS Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of frivolous
: lacking in any arguable basis or merit in either law or fact
Additional Notes on frivolous
In an attempt to discourage frivolous lawsuits, Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires the signature of an attorney or party on any pleading, motion, or other paper to certify that to the signer's knowledge it is grounded in fact and warranted by law or otherwise brought in good faith and not for an improper purpose. A court is authorized to impose sanctions for violation of the rule.
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