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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 ?
It is therefore improbable that there should exist a disposition in the federal councils to usurp the powers with which they are connected; because the attempt to exercise those powers would be as troublesome as it would be nugatory; and the possession of them, for that reason, would contribute nothing to the dignity, to the importance, or to the splendor of the national government.
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.
Then, say I, in the first place, that the Confederation is chargeable with the still greater folly of declaring certain powers in the federal government to be absolutely necessary, and at the same time rendering them absolutely nugatory; and, in the next place, that if the Union is to continue, and no better government be substituted, effective powers must either be granted to, or assumed by, the existing Congress; in either of which events, the contrast just stated will hold good.
The President can render the Deputy President nugatory utterly ceremonial at his own pleasure.IMPEACHMENT In my view, that's what Jubilee's Uhuru Kenyatta has done to DP William Ruto, his most important subordinate.
In a 12-paragraph affidavit in support of the appeal deposed to by Ayoyinka Roberts, a legal practitioner with Reliance Solicitors, the Trustees prayed the Appellate Court to stay further proceeding on the matter pending the determination of the appeal, stressing that taking further proceeding in the matter will foist a situation of helplessness on the court of appeal and render the appeal nugatory.
Section 228 of the National Internal Revenue Code, as amended (Tax Code), requires that a taxpayer must be first informed of his liability for deficiency taxes through the issuance and delivery of a PAN, which is part of the due process requirement in the conduct of deficiency tax assessment, the absence of which would render nugatory any assessment made by the tax authorities.
Perhaps he concluded that any advice I had given about writing was by that fact rendered nugatory -- because who should pay any attention to an author who had not suffered?
Barchue notes that from the foregoing constitutional provisions, it is clear that the source of stability in any democracy is the conduct of regular, free, fair and transparent elections, but adds, 'Where the will of the people to exercise their fundamental constitutional right without circumvention ceases to exist, anarchy reigns and democracy becomes nugatory.'
"A review of the material dates of these cases reveal that although there may have been delay in the disposition of the cases, such delay is not capricious, whimsical nor arbitrary that would render rights nugatory," the resolution read.
In any case, Justice Carpio's suggestion, even without the deadline, is rendered nugatory by the rule that the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will not act on submissions where there is an ongoing territorial dispute.
In the case of the former, there is a righteous rage and an almost unholy haste to overcome the legal safeguards that are intended to guard due process; in the latter, there is a lackadaisical slackness, leading almost imperceptibly to delays rendering the crime nugatory. The court should proceed swiftly to judgement, and render justice in this case.
Therefore, Justice Baqar said, the court should avoid an expansive construction of a federal legislative power which rendered redundant or nugatory the legislative field, power and authority assigned to the provinces, either expressly or as residuary, thus undermining provincial autonomy.