(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. useless, ineffectual, worthless, futile; helpless. See uselessness, impotence.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. worthless, trifling, inadequate, piddling; see useless 1 , worthless 1 .
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Contemptibly unimportant: inconsiderable, negligible, niggling, paltry, petty, picayune, piddling, small, small-minded, trifling. Slang: measly. Idiom: of no account. See IMPORTANT.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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