Frus"trate (?), a. [L. frustratus, p. p. of frustrare, frustrari, to deceive, frustrate, fr. frustra in vain, witout effect, in erorr, prob. for frudtra and akin to fraus, E. fraud.]

Vain; ineffectual; useless; unprofitable; null; voil; nugatory; of no effect.

"Our frustrate search."

Shak.

 

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Frus"trate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Frustrated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Frustrating.]

1.

To bring to nothing; to prevent from attaining a purpose; to disappoint; to defeat; to baffle; as, to frustrate a plan, design, or attempt; to frustrate the will or purpose.

Shall the adversary thus obtain His end and frustrate thine ? Milton.

2.

To make null; to nullifly; to render invalid or of no effect; as, to frustrate a conveyance or deed.

Syn. -- To balk; thwart; foil; baffle; defeat.

 

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