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Tuesday, September 05, 2000

Definitions for nugatory

  1. Trifling; insignificant; inconsequential.
  2. Having no force; inoperative; ineffectual.

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Citations for nugatory
Tygiel's forte as a historian is his eye for what may appear nugatory or marginal but, when focused upon, illuminates the temper of a given moment. Roberto Gonzlez Echevarria, New York Times
Jacoby's offense was no offense -- or an error so nugatory as to demand no more than a one-sentence explanation. Lance Morrow, Time
Origin of nugatory
1595-1605
Nugatory comes from Latin nugatorius, from nugari, "to trifle," from nugae, "jests, trifles."
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