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nu·ga·to·ry

 (no͞o′gə-tôr′ē, nyo͞o′-)
adj.
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.]

nugatory

(ˈnjuːɡətərɪ; -trɪ)
adj
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-)

adj.
1. trifling or worthless.
2. ineffective.
[1595–1605; < Latin nūgātōrius=nūgā(rī) to trifle]
nugacious, nugatory - Nugacious and nugatory are synonyms for trivial.
See also related terms for trivial.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nugatory - of no real value; "a nugatory law"
worthless - lacking in usefulness or value; "a worthless idler"

nugatory

adjective
1. invalid, ineffectual, null and void, inoperative, useless, vain, futile, unavailing, bootless The Stamp Act of 1765 was rendered nugatory by colonial resistance.
2. trivial, worthless, trifling, insignificant, valueless They wrote for the magazine for fees that were either non-existent or nugatory.

nugatory

adjective
Contemptibly unimportant:
Slang: measly.
Idiom: of no account.
Translations

nugatory

[ˈnjuːgətərɪ] ADJ (frm) (= trivial) → insignificante; (= useless) → ineficaz, fútil, baladí

nugatory

adj (liter)belanglos, nichtig (geh)
References in classic literature ?
According to these highly-respectable witnesses, the minister, conscious that he was dying -- conscious, also, that the reverence of the multitude placed him already among saints and angels -- had desired, by yielding up his breath in the arms of that fallen woman, to express to the world how utterly nugatory is the choicest of man's own righteousness.
The priest argued that the pending appeal may be rendered nugatory if the court does not issue new orders restraining Assumption Sisters from taking control of St Marys, hospital in Langata and Nakuru.
On the nugatory aspect, we must weigh the positions of the parties and having done so in this case, we find that there is merit in the argument that unless the stay is granted there is a possibility of loss of the import tax assessed at Sh2,548,325 through the sale and disposition of the cargo,' the judges ruled.
He added that 'it is therefore only pertinent that we point out that nothing must be done by either of the parties to the pending application for stay of execution which will or has the effect or tendency to render the application nugatory or foist upon the Court of Appeal a hopeless and or helpless situation.
The opinion read: "We do not find it proper to bypass the above mandate of law making it redundant and nugatory, by exercising our jurisdiction in terms of Article 184(3) of the Constitution.
I don't believe that we should be in the business of making potentially nugatory expenditure until the very last moment when we need to do so.
The system of NOTA makes the system of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote nugatory and otiose and cannot be made applicable in the Rajya Sabha elections," it added.
4) investigated the effects of a nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drug (parecoxib) on cognitive impairments and they concluded that parecoxib attenuated the nugatory effects induced by sevoflurane in rats.
The State or any university/Statutory authority cannot under the cover or garb of adopting regulatory measures destroy the administrative autonomy of a minority educational institution or start interfering with the administration of the management of the institution so as to render the right of the administration of the institution concerned nugatory or illusory.
To issue a preliminary injunction against respondents MIAA and Department of Transportation and Communication 'would render nugatory the gains of the respondents of a better revenue for the improvement of our dilapidated airports,' the order said.
Yet in fact, the lesson itself is nugatory, since caution (like regret, or sorrow) has little sway in the world represented on screen.
However, the overall standard of draftsmanship is so poor that even the favourable aspects are largely neutralised and rendered nugatory.