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. . 1996.

nugatory
I adjective fatuous, frivolous, frothy, futile, immaterial, inadequate, inane, inapt, incompetent, inconsequential, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, inept, inoperative, insignificant, insubstantial, inutile, invalid, irrelevant, jejune, nugatorius, null, null and void, otiose, paltry, petty, purposeless, slight, superficial, trifling, trivial, unavailing, unfruitful, unimportant, unproductive, unprofitable, unserviceable, useless, vain, valueless, void, worthless II index collateral (immaterial), expendable, futile, inactive, inadequate, inconsequential, inconsiderable, ineffective, ineffectual, invalid, minor, negligible, null (insignificant), null (invalid), null and void, otiose, paltry, petty, powerless, slight, trivial, unavailing, unproductive, void (invalid)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


nugatory
adj.
Ineffectual or invalid; useless; of no importance.

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


nugatory
Of no force or effect; invalid. Example: a statute that is unconstitutional is a nugatory law.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


nugatory
adj. Of a law or a contract, that it is unenforceable.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


nugatory
Invalid; lacking legal force.

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


nugatory
Invalid; lacking legal force.

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

nugatory
adj.
   of no force or effect; invalid. Example: a statute which is unconstitutional is a nugatory law.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • 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 — /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

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