nugatory

  • 1 nugatory — nu·ga·to·ry / nü gə ˌtōr ē, nyü / adj [Latin nugatorius, from nugari to trifle, from nugae trifles]: being without operative legal effect held that such an interpretation would render the statute nugatory Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law.… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Nugatory — Nu ga*to*ry, a. [L. nugatorius, fr. nugari to trifle, nugae jests, trifles.] 1. Trifling; vain; futile; insignificant. [1913 Webster] 2. Of no force; inoperative; ineffectual. [1913 Webster] If all are pardoned, and pardoned as a mere act of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 nugatory — (adj.) trifling, of no value, c.1600, from L. nugatorius worthless, trifling, futile, from nugator jester, trifler, braggart, from nugatus, pp. of nugari to trifle, jest, play the fool, from nugæ jokes, jests, trifles, of unknown origin …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 nugatory — *vain, otiose, idle, empty, hollow Analogous words: worthless, valueless (see affirmative nouns at WORTH): trifling, trivial, *petty, paltry: ineffectual, *ineffective, inefficacious: fruitless, bootless, *futile, vain, abortive …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 nugatory — ► ADJECTIVE 1) worthless. 2) useless or invalid. ORIGIN Latin nugatorius, from nugari to trifle …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 nugatory — [no͞o′gə tôr΄ē, nyo͞o′gə tôr΄ē] adj. [L nugatorius < pp. of nugari, to trifle < nugae, trifles] 1. trifling; worthless 2. not operative; invalid …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 nugatory — adjective /ˈnjuːɡətəri/ a) Trivial, trifling or of little importance. I might refer to the general conviction and the common sense of society that such an investment cannot be treated as absolutely idle and nugatory. b) Ineffective, invalid or… …

    Wiktionary

  • 8 nugatory — /n(y)uwgatariy/ Futile; ineffectual; invalid; destitute of constraining force or vitality. A legislative act may be nugatory because unconstitutional. Avery & Co. v. Sorrell, 157 Ga. 476, 121 S.E. 828, 829 …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 9 nugatory — /n(y)uwgatariy/ Futile; ineffectual; invalid; destitute of constraining force or vitality. A legislative act may be nugatory because unconstitutional. Avery & Co. v. Sorrell, 157 Ga. 476, 121 S.E. 828, 829 …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 10 nugatory — adjective Etymology: Latin nugatorius, from nugari to trifle, from nugae trifles Date: 1603 1. of little or no consequence ; trifling, inconsequential 2. having no force ; inoperative Synonyms: see vain …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 nugatory — /nooh geuh tawr ee, tohr ee, nyooh /, adj. 1. of no real value; trifling; worthless. 2. of no force or effect; ineffective; futile; vain. 3. not valid. [1595 1605; < L nugatorius worthless, useless, trifling, equiv. to nuga(ri) to trifle + torius …

    Universalium

  • 12 nugatory — Synonyms and related words: NG, airy, asinine, barren, bootless, catchpenny, cheap, counterproductive, effete, empty, etiolated, fatuitous, fatuous, feckless, flimsy, foolish, fribble, fribbling, frivolous, frothy, fruitless, futile, good for… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 nugatory — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. useless, ineffectual, worthless, futile; helpless. See uselessness, impotence. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. worthless, trifling, inadequate, piddling; see useless 1 , worthless 1 . III (Roget s… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 nugatory — nu|ga|to|ry [ˈnju:gətəri US ˈnu:gəto:ri] adj formal having no value …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 nugatory — nu|ga|to|ry [ nugə,tɔri ] adjective VERY FORMAL not important or effective …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 nugatory — nu·ga·to·ry || nuːgÉ™tÉ”rɪ / njuːgÉ™trɪ adj. insignificant, unimportant, inconsequential; invalid, null, void; inoperative …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 17 nugatory — [ nju:gət(ə)ri, nu: ] adjective 1》 of no value or importance. 2》 useless or futile. Origin C17: from L. nugatorius, from nugari to trifle …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 nugatory — a. 1. Trifling, futile, vain, insignificant, trivial, frivolous, worthless. 2. Inoperative, ineffectual, inefficacious, unavailing, useless, bootless, null, to no purpose …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 19 nugatory — adj 1. worthless, valueless, meritless, inutile, inadequate, unserviceable, impracticable, inefficient, inoperative; frivolous, trivial, trifling, piddling, picayune, niggling, finicking; inessential, insignificant, inconsequential, unimportant,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 20 nugatory — nu·ga·to·ry …

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