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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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"I cannot deprecate strongly enough the leaks and the briefings that go on, perhaps behind our back, in this matter."
MSPowerUser reports that Microsoft will deprecate its System Image Backup function, and recommends that people who use Windows switch to a third-party backup solution.
I always find it more appealing to deprecate someone else.
In turning down Boudin's first parole request, the board ruled that releasing the convicted terrorist "would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would serve to deprecate the seriousness of [her] criminal behavior ...
Deputy leader John Prescott said: "We deprecate threats of future scandals.