Definition of nugatory:
null, insignificant, bad, small-fry, trivial, Mickey Mouse, ineffectual, unimportant, pathetic, vain, null and void, unavailing, empty, bootless, inconsiderable, niggling, of no account, inoperative, unprofitable, vapid, nonbinding, void, fruitless, inefficient, unreal, small-minded, nonvalid, defective, inconstant, incidental, foolish, faulty, useless, inadequate, deceitful, pointless, idle, delusive, baseless, worthless, futile, ineffective, petty, measly, profitless, shadowy, important, inconsequential, frivolous, fiddling, abortive, unserviceable, unsatisfying, invalid, purposeless, unsubstantial, visionary.
small (part of speech: adjective)
Had their deliberate purpose been to render nugatory the expedition which- after innumerable vacillations and changes of purpose- they despatched to Portugal, they could hardly have acted otherwise than they did.- "With Moore At Corunna", G. A. Henty.
- "An Essay on the Principle of Population", Thomas Malthus.
- "Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers", Alexander Maclaren.