[noo-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, nyoo-]
of no real value; trifling; worthless.
of no force or effect; ineffective; futile; vain.
not valid.

1595–1605; < Latin nūgātōrius worthless, useless, trifling, equivalent to nūgā(rī) to trifle + -tōrius -tory1

1. trivial, insignificant, frivolous. 2. useless, inoperative. Unabridged
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nugatory (ˈnjuːɡətərɪ, -trɪ)
1.  of little value; trifling
2.  not valid: a nugatory law
[C17: from Latin nūgātōrius, from nūgārī to jest, from nūgae trifles]

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Word Origin & History

"trifling, of no value," c.1600, from L. nugatorius "worthless, futile," from nugator (gen. nugatoris) "jester, trifler," from nugatus, pp. of nugari "to trifle," from nugæ (gen. nugarum) "jokes, jests, trifles," of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
It was absurd, because they ought to have seen that their conditions are entirely nugatory.
It would be odd if imports continued to surge, given that any rise in consumer spending this year is likely to be nugatory.
Whether this, in turn, rendered official exaction nugatory remains unclear.
Moreover, such a reading would render the substantial factor test nugatory.
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