Part of speech: adjective

Having no power, worth, or meaning; inoperative.

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Usage examples "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", 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", Mrs. Henry Wood.
  3. The poet contemplates the event, which frustrated his hopes, and rendered his oath nugatory. - "The Iliad of Homer (1873)", Homer.