frivolous

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adjective friv·o·lous \ˈfri-və-ləs\

Definition of frivolous

  1. 1 a :  of little weight or importance b :  having no sound basis (as in fact or law) <a frivolous lawsuit>

  2. 2 a :  lacking in seriousness b :  marked by unbecoming levity

frivolously

adverb

frivolousness

noun

Examples of frivolous in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. She thinks window shopping is a frivolous activity.

  5. <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

frivolous

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adjective friv·o·lous \ˈfri-və-ləs\

Definition of frivolous for English Language Learners

  • : not important : not deserving serious attention

  • : silly and not serious


FRIVOLOUS Defined for Kids

frivolous

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adjective friv·o·lous \ˈfri-və-ləs\

Definition of frivolous for Students

  1. 1 :  of little importance :  trivial <a frivolous matter>

  2. 2 :  lacking in seriousness <a frivolous boyfriend>


Law Dictionary

frivolous

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adjective friv·o·lous \ˈfri-və-ləs\

Legal Definition of frivolous

  1. :  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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