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1. Unworthy of serious attention; trivial: a frivolous novel.
2. Inappropriately silly: a frivolous purchase.

[Middle English, probably from Latin frīvolus, of little value, probably from friāre, to crumble.]

friv′o·lous·ly adv.
friv′o·lous·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frivolousness - the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
giddiness, silliness - an impulsive scatterbrained manner
levity - a manner lacking seriousness
playfulness, fun - a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement; "her playfulness surprised me"; "he was fun to be with"
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(ˈfrivələs) adjective
not serious; playful. He wasted his time on frivolous pleasures.
ˈfrivolously adverb
ˈfrivolousness noun
friˈvolity (-ˈvo-) nounplural friˈvolities
1. frivolousness. The frivolity of his behaviour.
2. a frivolous action or thought. I have no time for frivolities.
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References in classic literature ?
Smith this was another evidence of her stupidity; on the other hand, her want of charm, in view of Smith's well-known frivolousness, was a great rec- commendation.
[section] 1915(d), that litigant must reapply to the appellate court to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal, since the finding of frivolousness is viewed as certification that appeal is not taken in good faith.
"And, in a country not ever associated with frivolousness, this pretty little item, with such simplicity and complexity wrapped up together in its very existence, is perhaps the most representative of why there is the reason for design."
He had the frivolousness to be not afraid and to confront one's art, to discover who you are.'
The innocence of first love, the frivolousness of involving your friends in your story, and the unquestionable commitment towards each other - there are moments that you might connect with.
231, 6F on grounds of frivolousness.<br />Be sure to make changes from the SJC's model fee agreement strictly in accordance with the requirements of Mass.
As rationality and risibility are equally unique human characteristics, this disparity in the attitude toward the two must be pointing toward something that lies deeper in the collective psyche regarding the attitude toward frivolousness and playfulness.
It seems unreasonable that whether a person be registered (or not) to vote for any period would be an indicator of "seriousness" or "frivolousness" but rather an indicator of whether one intends to vote--and given abysmal voter turnout rates, even this is questionable.
It's interesting, that contrast between the frivolousness implied by femininity and the solemnity that marks a diagnosis of cancer.
The high court also is scheduled to hear testimony on a proposed amendment of MCR 6.425 that would "explicitly require court-appointed appellate counsel and trial courts to follow procedures set forth in Anders v California, 386 US 738 (1967), before allowing counsel for plea-convicted indigent defendants to withdraw from representation based on frivolousness of the appeal."
Here's Gorham reflecting on teenage risk-taking: "Unfortunately, the management area of the brain--the prefrontal cortex, responsible for making decisions and solving problems--is notoriously underdeveloped in adolescents." Here's Gorham on a beloved teacher: "Somewhere in every grown-up there's a scintilla of frivolousness, even unsafe behavior.