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I think my generation has had an unbelievably easy time profiting from the world that was made for us by our parents and grandparents. We are essentially a rather frivolous generation. The Blair government was my generation's shot at power. It had some good things, but it had some flaws.
Sebastian Faulks

Meaning of "frivolous" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD FRIVOLOUS

From Latin frīvolus silly, worthless.
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PRONUNCIATION OF FRIVOLOUS

frivolous  [ˈfrɪvələs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FRIVOLOUS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Frivolous is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES FRIVOLOUS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

frivolous

Frivolous litigation

In law, frivolous litigation is the practice of starting or carrying on lawsuits that, due to their lack of legal merit, have little to no chance of being won. The term does not include cases that may be lost due to other matters not related to legal merit. While colloquially, a person may term a lawsuit to be frivolous if he or she personally finds a claim to be absurd, in legal usage "frivolous litigation" consists of a claim or defense that is presented where the party had reason to know that the claim or defense was manifestly insufficient or futile. The fact that a claim is lost does not imply that it was frivolous. Frivolous litigation may be based on absurd legal theories, may involve a superabundance or repetition of motions or additional suits, may be uncivil or harassing to the court, or may claim extreme remedies. A claim or defense may be frivolous because it had no underlying justification in fact, or because it was not presented with an argument for a reasonable extension or reinterpretation of the law. A claim may be deemed frivolous because existing laws unequivocally prohibit such a claim, such as a so-called Good Samaritan law.

Definition of frivolous in the English dictionary

The definition of frivolous in the dictionary is not serious or sensible in content, attitude, or behaviour; silly. Other definition of frivolous is unworthy of serious or sensible treatment; unimportant.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FRIVOLOUS


Aeolus
ˈiːələs
anomalous
əˈnɒmələs
carolus
ˈkærələs
colorless
ˈkʌlələs
embolus
ˈɛmbələs
favorless
ˈfeɪvələs
favourless
ˈfeɪvələs
fearless
ˈfɪələs
flavourless
ˈfleɪvələs
hydrocephalus
ˌhaɪdrəʊˈsɛfələs
libelous
ˈlaɪbələs
loverless
ˈlʌvələs
marvellous
ˈmɑːvələs
motherless
ˈmʌðələs
Nicholas
ˈnɪkələs
nonfrivolous
ˌnɒnˈfrɪvələs
Papadopoulos
ˌpæpəˈdɒpələs
rivaless
ˈraɪvələs
scandalous
ˈskændələs
unfrivolous
ʌnˈfrɪvələs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FRIVOLOUS

fritz out
Friuli
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Friulian
frivol
frivoler
frivolity
frivolled
frivoller
frivolling
frivolously
frivolousness
frize
frizer
frizette
frizz
frizzante
frizzer
frizzier
frizziest

WORDS THAT END LIKE FRIVOLOUS

caulicolous
collembolous
fimicolous
hemimetabolous
holometabolous
lapidicolous
lignicolous
limicolous
luteolous
paludicolous
piscicolous
radicicolous
ridiculous
saxicolous
sciolous
silicicolous
sphagnicolous
spongicolous
stercoricolous
subdolous
terricolous

Synonyms and antonyms of frivolous in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «FRIVOLOUS»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «frivolous» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of frivolous

Translation of «frivolous» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FRIVOLOUS

Find out the translation of frivolous to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of frivolous from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «frivolous» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

轻率的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

frívolo
570 millions of speakers

English

frivolous
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

फालतू
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

تافهة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

легкомысленный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

frívolo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অসার
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

frivole
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tidak sihat
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

leichtfertig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

軽薄な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

경솔한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Frivolous
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

hư không
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அற்பமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

क्षुल्लक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

anlamsız
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

frivolo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

frywolny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

легковажний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

frivol
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

επιπόλαιος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

ligsinnig
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

oseriöst
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

lettsindig
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of frivolous

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FRIVOLOUS»

The term «frivolous» is quite widely used and occupies the 38.017 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FRIVOLOUS» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «frivolous» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «frivolous» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about frivolous

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10 QUOTES WITH «FRIVOLOUS»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word frivolous.
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Kelly Ayotte
Unfortunately, no matter how frivolous the lawsuit, you still, of course, have to pay people to defend you on it.
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Judy Biggert
Our health care system is the finest in the world, but we still have too many uninsured Americans, too high prices for prescription drugs, and too many frivolous lawsuits driving our physicians out of state or out of business.
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Alan Bradley
I was an early reader, and my grandmother, who as a child had been forbidden to read by a father who believed books to be frivolous time-wasters, delighted in putting her favorite volumes into her grandchildren's hands.
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Conrad Burns
Lawsuits - and frivolous lawsuits - are just sapping the life out of the people who perform the services and deliver the goods for the rest of the citizenry in the State of Montana.
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Sharon Creech
I cannot just write a frivolous book, a la-di-da book. Everything isn't la-di-da. There is something that's going to pull you up short. I want to reassure young readers. I want to comfort them, to not fear the unexpected.
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Marcia Cross
If I have a 12 or 14 hour workday, I am home the next. I cut out anything that is frivolous or doesn't need to be done.
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Marguerite Duras
It's only women who are not really quite women at all, frivolous women who have no idea, who neglect repairs.
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Sebastian Faulks
I think my generation has had an unbelievably easy time profiting from the world that was made for us by our parents and grandparents. We are essentially a rather frivolous generation. The Blair government was my generation's shot at power. It had some good things, but it had some flaws.
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Alexandra Fuller
Until I read Anne Frank's diary, I had found books a literal escape from what could be the harsh reality around me. After I read the diary, I had a fresh way of viewing the both literature and the world. From then on, I found I was impatient with books that were not honest or that were trivial and frivolous.
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Romola Garai
Films about women and their concerns are seen as frivolous, limited and, most damaging of all, niche.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FRIVOLOUS»

Discover the use of frivolous in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to frivolous and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Whiplash!: America's Most Frivolous Lawsuits
The book also boasts the funniest legal jokes, most outrageous lawyer license plates, a legalese dictionary, and, of course, a caseload of comical lawsuits.
James Percelay, Jeremy Deutchman, 2000
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The Archeology of the Frivolous: Reading Condillac
In "The Archeology of the Frivolous," Jacques Derrida recoups Condillac's enterprise, showing how it anticipated--consciously or not--many of the issues that have since stymied epistemology and linguistic philosophy.
Jacques Derrida, 1980
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Frivolous Cupid
Neither life nor the lawn-tennis club was so full at Natterley that the news of Harry Sterling's return had not some importance.
Anthony Hope, 1st World Library, 2006
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Fables for the Frivolous
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process.
Guy Wetmore Carryl, 2009
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Miss Manners rescues civilization: from sexual harassment, ...
Miss Manners Rescues Civilization is a wise, witty and startling examination of how the breakdown of etiquette is contributing to the disintegration of our society.
Judith Martin, 1996
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Frivolous women and other sinners
Cola Franzen’s agile and insightful translation, crafted in close collaboration with the poet, is faithful to the letter and spirit of the original Spanish in this bilingual edition.
Alicia Borinsky, Cola Franzen, 2009
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Love Stuff: 515 Delightful, Delicioud, Sexy, Silly, Fun, ...
Love makes the world go round . . . but sometimes the world spins so fast that romance gets put on hold. Love Stuff puts romance front and center with 515 creative ways to fall in love with your one-and-only all over again.
Lorraine Bodger, 2004
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Frivolous Pretence
Accused of betraying the queen and shunned by her husband, Demetra Hawksley is determined to clear her name, but she first must engage in a tricky game of diplomacy and careful detective work
Anthea Malcolm, 1990
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Deciding to Decide: Agenda Setting in the United States ...
The rule suggests that there is really no such thing as a frivolous case per se, whereas the notion that there are unquestionably frivolous cases underlies much of the justification for the way the cert. decision process works. The concept of ...
H. W. Perry, 2009
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Frivolous Cupid (Webster's Japanese Thesaurus Edition)
This edition is written in English. However, there is a running Japanese thesaurus at the bottom of each page for the more difficult English words highlighted in the text. There are many editions of Frivolous Cupid.
Anthony Hope, Inc Icon Group International, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FRIVOLOUS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term frivolous is used in the context of the following news items.
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Ticket resale ban outdated and frivolous, yet lives on
Our state's outdated ban on ticket resale is a frivolous law that criminalizes basic economic behavior. Critics of the bill fear it will increase the ... «MLive.com, Jul 15»
2
Annie's Mailbox: House staging seems frivolous
I'm all for new fluffy towels, but so many of the other suggestions seem frivolous. I pity someone with small children if this is what it takes to sell a ... «The Spokesman Review, Jul 15»
3
LETTERS: Stop frivolous water use
It feels like we are living out the naive “In happier times” segment of a future story about California drought conditions coming for a visit, then ... «Mission City Record, Jul 15»
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CBDT expresses concern over frivolous appeals
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has cautioned its field officers against making frivolous appeals, stating that “litigation” must be ... «Hindu Business Line, Jul 15»
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Klehr Harrison Slams Claims Over Allegedly Frivolous Suit
Law360, Philadelphia (July 9, 2015, 3:27 PM ET) -- Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP told a Pennsylvania judge that a lack of concrete evidence doomed a ... «Law360, Jul 15»
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Many frivolous lawsuits that would be tossed in other countries
Not too long ago, common sense ruled the day, so called because it was shared by nearly everybody. Common values, commonly understood ... «AM 760 KFMB, Jul 15»
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ACLU Rips 'Frivolous' Suit Targeting Pa. County Fracking Law
Law360, New York (July 9, 2015, 8:00 PM ET) -- The ACLU of Pennsylvania has struck back at a Butler County developer suing five area residents and two ... «Law360, Jul 15»
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Seventh Circuit: "Frivolous" Argument Saves Jurisdiction
Indeed, the court said, after today's decision, it would be frivolous for a party in Boeing's situation to remove a case based on § 1442. (Slip op. at ... «The National Law Review, Jul 15»
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Zenefits Fires Back At ADP With A Motion To Dismiss “Frivolous
Here we go again. Zenefits, the cloud-based HR software startup now worth billions filed a motion to strike and dismiss what it calls a “frivolous” ... «TechCrunch, Jul 15»
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CANDIDATE: Lamerson eschews 'frivolous' expenditures
"Before you go spend frivolous money, you need to be sure that you have good water, good sewer, good roads, good trash, good police, and ... «The Daily Courier, Jul 15»

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