frivolous

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From Latin frīvolus (silly, empty, trifling, frivolous, worthless).

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frivolous (comparative more frivolous, superlative most frivolous)

  1. Silly, especially at an inappropriate time or in an inappropriate manner.
    • 1996 August 31, Paul F. Waldner, President-Elect, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, “citation Viewpoints”, Houston Chronicle:
      There is no easy definition for the phrase 'frivolous lawsuit,' but I imagine any claim for damages where the injuries are minimal or where the basis for the defendant's liability is hard to believe, might qualify as frivolous.
    • Factcheck.org[1]:
      One of the major cost drivers in the delivery of health care are these junk and frivolous lawsuits.
  2. Of little weight or importance; not worth notice; slight.

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