American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Trifling; futile; worthless: without significance.
- Of no force or effect; inoperative; ineffectual; vain.
- adj. Trivial, trifling or of little importance.
- adj. Ineffective, invalid or futile.
- adj. law Having no force, inoperative, ineffectual.
- adj. computing Removable from a computer program with safety, but harmless if retained.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. of no real value
- From Latin nugatorius. (Wiktionary)
- Latin nūgātōrius, from nūgātor, trifler, from nūgārī, to trifle, from nūgae, jokes. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As TV and the Internet converge into something generically known as broadband, the distinctions between the two will soon become nugatory from a consumer point of view.”
“As soon as the lords were out of Henry's reach, the Scots Estates demanded modifications in the proposed treaty which would have made it nugatory from the English point of view.”
“Yesterday's term was nugatory, which is defined as:”
“In my opinion, people who opine about the "merely aesthetic," who find aesthetic values "nugatory" unless they are subservient to a higher principle of judgment, manifestly disdain art except as an illustrative aid, a utilitarian convenience.”
“The "aesthetic canons of legitimacy and achievement," which Helen Vendler observes and attempts to advance, are "nugatory" unless they buttress these cultural pillars.”
“I spent yesterday writing the icky sequences of the WIP and the end is in sight for it and I decided that my celebration would be to keep 'nugatory' alive in my vocabulary.”
“Sorry, I just had to get 'nugatory' into a sentence.”
“In this telling, tactical excellence and the considerable courage of frontline troops are forever being rendered nugatory by failed leadership.”
“The prosecutors' list, meanwhile, has but a nugatory celebrity quotient, concentrating instead on the women who supposedly worked as prostitutes at the gatherings.”
“That neighbors spied on neighbors, and children informed on their parents, that tens of thousands of men and women were dragged away and shot for ludicrous, nugatory crimes—at the remove of history, it almost seems incredible.”
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