1. of no real value
; - Example: "a nugatory law"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nugatory \Nu"ga*to*ry\, a. [L. nugatorius, fr. nugari to trifle,
nugae jests, trifles.]
1. Trifling; vain; futile; insignificant.
2. Of no force; inoperative; ineffectual.
If all are pardoned, and pardoned as a mere act of
clemency, the very substance of government is made
nugatory. --I. Taylor.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: of no real value; "a nugatory law"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
64 Moby Thesaurus words for "nugatory":
NG, airy, asinine, barren, bootless, catchpenny, cheap,
counterproductive, effete, empty, etiolated, fatuitous, fatuous,
feckless, flimsy, foolish, fribble, fribbling, frivolous, frothy,
fruitless, futile, good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, hollow, idle,
inadequate, inane, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious,
inoperative, invalid, junk, junky, light, no-account, no-good,
not worth having, not worth mentioning, not worthwhile, nugacious,
of no force, otiose, shabby, shallow, shoddy, silly, slender,
slight, sterile, superficial, trashy, trifling, trite, trivial,
unavailing, useless, vacuous, vain, valueless, vapid, windy,