Definition of nugatory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnjuːɡət(ə)ri/
Pronunciation: /ˈnuːɡət(ə)ri/


1Of no value or importance: a nugatory and pointless observation
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  • The state interest in prosecuting those who willfully evade their taxes is of great importance, and we should be careful to avoid rendering nugatory the state's ability to investigate and obtain evidence from these offences.
  • It's just another bit of dreary left-wing ‘statement art’: morally rebarbative, aesthetically nugatory, interesting only as a symptom of cultural decay.
  • From my own experience, their sensation and size is so nugatory that they can often be forgotten and by the time you feel one making its way down the pipe, it's already bouncing around in your underwear or careening down your pant leg.
worthless, of no value, of no importance, unimportant, inconsequential, of no consequence, valueless, trifling, trivial, insignificant, meaningless
1.1Useless or futile: the teacher shortages will render nugatory the hopes of implementing the new curriculum
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  • So, while Hollingworth's rebuttal is mentioned on his website and remains in the vestiges of cyberspace for those willing to peruse it, there is something nugatory about it.
  • I have also had people tell me personally that this is both a turn off and makes sensation nugatory, in a way that was designed to elicit shame.
  • The word ‘necessary’ is considered as controlling the whole sentence, and as limiting the right to pass laws for the execution of the granted powers, to such as are indispensable, and without which the power would be nugatory.
futile, useless, vain, unavailing, null and void, null, invalid
archaic bootless


Early 17th century: from Latin nugatorius, from nugari 'to trifle', from nugae 'jests'.

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