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1. Of little or no importance; trifling: The nation's interests in such a remote region were nugatory.
2. Unavailing, futile, or invalid: Efforts to remedy the situation proved to be nugatory.
[Latin nūgātōrius, from nūgātor, trifler, from nūgārī, to trifle, from nūgae, jokes.]
1. of little value; trifling
2. not valid: a nugatory law.
[C17: from Latin nūgātōrius, from nūgārī to jest, from nūgae trifles]
nu•ga•to•ry(ˈnu gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈnyu-)
1. trifling or worthless.
[1595–1605; < Latin nūgātōrius=nūgā(rī) to trifle]
See also related terms for trivial.
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|Adj.||1.||nugatory - of no real value; "a nugatory law"|
worthless - lacking in usefulness or value; "a worthless idler"
1. invalid, ineffectual, null and void, inoperative, useless, vain, futile, unavailing, bootless The Stamp Act of 1765 was rendered nugatory by colonial resistance.