What does the word nugatory mean?

Usage examples for nugatory

  1. It is when these standard theories are sought to be applied to the later situation, which has outgrown the conditions of handicraft, that they appear nugatory or meretricious. – An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation by Thorstein Veblen
  2. The necessary preparations for departure were in progress, but when Thursday morning dawned, it appeared a question whether they would not once more be rendered nugatory. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  3. The poet contemplates the event, which frustrated his hopes, and rendered his oath nugatory. – The Iliad of Homer (1873) by Homer