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nugatory

[ noo-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, nyoo- ]SEE DEFINITION OF nugatory
  • adj.worthless
  • adj.futile

Synonyms for nugatory

  • inadequate
  • inconsequential
  • insignificant
  • piddling
  • trifling
  • useless
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This order, however, was nugatory, as the court had no power to enforce its judgments.

Therefore all art which involves no reference to man is inferior or nugatory.

These boasted bulwarks of Italy have proved as nugatory as the Alps.

They tell us plainly that resisting these illusions with truth renders them nugatory.

His judgment may not be impartial, but at least it is not nugatory.

I do not dream of saying that what they get from art is bad or nugatory; I say that they do not get the best that art can give.

I believe, if his construction is a just one, it is a new case, the provision was at least nugatory.

Two pounds and two pounds will make four pounds whatever a pound may be; but till I know what it is, the result is nugatory.

If the former, then it had already rendered the prohibition upon slavery in the Louisiana territory, by the Act of 1820, nugatory.

Has not the British house of commons been incessantly exclaimed upon, as corrupt and nugatory?

WORD ORIGIN

"trifling, of no value," c.1600, from Latin nugatorius "worthless, trifling, futile," from nugator "jester, trifler, braggart," from nugatus, past participle of nugari "to trifle, jest, play the fool," from nugæ "jokes, jests, trifles," of unknown origin.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR NUGATORY

empty

adjectivefruitless, ineffective

futile

adjectivehopeless, pointless
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