frivolous
friv·o·lous /'fri-və-ləs/ adj: lacking in any arguable basis or merit in either law or fact
◇ In an attempt to discourage frivolous lawsuits, Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires the signature of an attorney or party on any pleading, motion, or other paper to certify that to the signer's knowledge it is grounded in fact and warranted by law or otherwise brought in good faith and not for an improper purpose. A court is authorized to impose sanctions for violation of the rule.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

frivolous
I adjective childish, flighty, flimsy, flippant, giddy, immaterial, inanis, insignificant, levis, light, light-minded, meaningless, minor, nugax, of little weight, of no account, paltry, petty, senseless, shallow, silly, slight, superficial, trifling, trivial, unimportant, unserious, unworthy of serious notice, worthless associated concepts: frivolous answer, frivolous appeal, frivolous cause of action, frivolous claims, frivolous pleading II index capricious, inconsequential, irresolute, irresponsible, jocular, nonessential, nugatory, petty, superficial, trivial, undependable, untrustworthy

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


frivolous
adj.
Unimportant; not serious; lacking in substance; presenting no legitimate legal question.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


frivolous
In a legal context, a lawsuit, motion, or appeal that lacks any basis and is intended to harass, delay, or embarrass the opposition. This can result in a successful claim by the other party for the costs of defense, including attorney's fees. Judges are reluctant to find an action frivolous, based on the desire not to discourage people from using the courts to resolve disputes.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


frivolous
adj. Of a claim or assertion in litigation, that it lacks merit or substance; often a pejorative term, implying bad faith or negligence by the pleading party.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


frivolous
Of minimal importance; legally worthless.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


frivolous
Of minimal importance; legally worthless.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

frivolous
adj.
   referring to a legal move in a lawsuit clearly intended merely to harass, delay or embarrass the opposition. Frivolous acts can include filing the lawsuit itself, a baseless motion for a legal ruling, an answer of a defendant to a complaint which does not deny, contest, prove or controvert anything, or an appeal which contains not a single arguable basis (by any stretch of the imagination) for the appeal. A frivolous lawsuit, motion or appeal can result in a successful claim by the other party for payment by the frivolous suer of their attorneys' fees for defending the case. Judges are reluctant to find an action frivolous, based on the desire not to discourage people from using the courts to resolve disputes.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Frivolous — Friv o*lous, a. [L. frivolus; prob. akin to friare to rub, crumble, E. friable: cf. F. frivole.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of little weight or importance; not worth notice; slight; as, a frivolous argument. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. Given to trifling;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frivolous — [friv′ə ləs] adj. [ME < frivol (< OFr frivole < L frivolus, fragile, silly, akin to friare: see FRIABLE) + OUS] 1. of little value or importance; trifling; trivial 2. not properly serious or sensible; silly and light minded; giddy [a… …   English World dictionary

  • frivolous — mid 15c., from L. frivolus silly, empty, trifling, worthless, brittle, dim. of *frivos broken, crumbled, from friare break, rub away, crumble. Related: Frivolously; frivolousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • frivolous — [adj] trivial, silly barmy*, childish, dizzy*, empty headed*, facetious, featherbrained*, flighty, flip, flippant, foolish, gay, giddy*, harebrained*, idiotic, idle, ill considered, impractical, juvenile, light, light minded, minor, niggling*,… …   New thesaurus

  • frivolous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not having any serious purpose or value. 2) (of a person) carefree and superficial. DERIVATIVES frivolity noun frivolously adverb frivolousness noun. ORIGIN Latin frivolus silly, trifling …   English terms dictionary

  • frivolous — [[t]frɪ̱vələs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as frivolous, you mean they behave in a silly or light hearted way, rather than being serious and sensible. I just decided I was a bit too frivolous to be a doctor... Isabelle was a… …   English dictionary

  • frivolous — adj. frivolous to + inf. (it was frivolous of him to make such an accusation) * * * [ frɪvələs] frivolous to + inf. (it was frivolous of him to make such an accusation) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • frivolous — frivolously, adv. frivolousness, n. /friv euh leuhs/, adj. 1. characterized by lack of seriousness or sense: frivolous conduct. 2. self indulgently carefree; unconcerned about or lacking any serious purpose. 3. (of a person) given to trifling or… …   Universalium

  • frivolous — adjective /ˈfɹɪv.əl.əs/ a) Silly, especially at an inappropriate time or in an inappropriate manner. , There is no easy definition for the phrase frivolous lawsuit, but I imagine any claim for damages where the injuries are minimal or where the… …   Wiktionary

  • frivolous — adjective 1) a frivolous girl Syn: skittish, flighty, giddy, silly, foolish, superficial, shallow, irresponsible, thoughtless, featherbrained, empty headed, peabrained, birdbrained, vacuous, vapid; informal dizzy, dippy …   Thesaurus of popular words

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