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Of minimal importance; legally worthless.

A frivolous suit is one without any legal merit. In some cases, such an action might be brought in bad faith for the purpose of harrassing the defendant. In such a case, the individual bringing the frivolous suit might be liable for damages for Malicious Prosecution.

A frivolous appeal is one that is completely lacking merit, since no review able question has been raised therein.


adj. referring to a legal move in a lawsuit clearly intended merely to harass, delay, or embarrass the opposition. Frivolous acts can include filing the lawsuit itself, a baseless motion for a legal ruling, an answer of a defendant to a complaint which does not deny, contest, prove, or controvert anything, or an appeal which contains not a single arguable basis (by any stretch of the imagination) for the appeal. A frivolous lawsuit, motion or appeal can result in a successful claim by the other party for payment by the frivolous suer of their attorneys fees for defending the case. Judges are reluctant to find an action frivolous, based on the desire not to discourage people from using the courts to resolve disputes.


adjective childish, flighty, flimsy, flippant, giddy, immaterial, inanis, insignificant, levis, light, meaningless, minor, nugax, of little weight, of no account, paltry, petty, senseless, shallow, silly, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant, unserious, unworthy of serious notice, worthless
Associated concepts: frivolous answer, frivolous appeal, frivvlous cause of action, frivolous claims, frivolous pleading
See also: capricious, inconsequential, irresolute, irresponsible, jocular, nonessential, nugatory, petty, superficial, trivial, undependable, untrustworthy
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Hunt's reputation has never fully recovered from the charges of dilettantism and frivolousness first leveled at him by Blackwood's and its Tory cronies.
In view of the egregious frivolousness of the complaint, the court will impose the maximum allowable sanctions of $10,000 each upon plaintiff and the law firm.
Liang believed that in this respect British nationality was different from that of southern Europe; the latter, in his view, tended toward frivolousness.
I know you didn't find much sense for the March on Washington to be both "serious and festive": "At a party there was room for frivolousness and self-indulgence; a serious protest required restraint and self-discipline.
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2) However, the panel pointed out that to find frivolousness, at least one Sixth Circuit panel had required an appellee to demonstrate also that the appellant acted in bad faith or With intentional misconduct.
With respect to frivolousness, right now we have 700 pieces of legislation on Private Members' Business.