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nugatory Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite of no real value
    • a nugatory law
WordNet

Nu"ga*to*ry adjective
Etymology
L. nugatorius, fr. nugari to trifle, nugae jests, trifles.
Definitions
  1. Trifling; vain; futile; insignificant.
  2. Of no force; inoperative; ineffectual.
    If all are pardoned, and pardoned as a mere act of clemency, the very substance of government is made nugatory. I. Taylor.

Webster 1913