nu·ga·to·ry (ngə-tôr′ē, ny-)
1. Of little or no importance; trifling: The nation's interests in such a remote region were nugatory.
2. Unavailing, futile, or invalid: Efforts to remedy the situation proved to be nugatory.
[Latin nūgātōrius, from nūgātor, trifler, from nūgārī, to trifle, from nūgae, jokes.]
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