The Closing Word: Nugatory

The Closing Word: NugatoryThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (NOOG-uh-tor-ee)

of no real value

From “An adjective meaning “trifling, of no value,” nugatory comes from the Latin nugatorius ”worthless, futile,” which in turn came from the also Latin nugatory – “jester, trifle.” It’s a word you probably don’t hear too often, but it’s a fun and descriptive one to use. ”

“Her house was exquisitely maintained and the home inspection report included only nugatory flaws.”


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