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Invalid; lacking legal force. A statute is nugatory if it has been declared unconstitutional.

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adj. of no force or effect; invalid. Example: statute which is unconstitutional is a nugatory law.

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Moreover, Aquinas' views on providence do not deny human freedom; hence, motives for grace are not rendered nugatory but remain authentic and genuine.
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To hold otherwise would render the constitutional provision nugatory."