Disable Parent Links in Nested List Navigation

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jQuery code that disables parent links for drop down menus. The menu should be built as nested lists, and the parent link is disabled. This helps eliminate a useless page to display only a list of links to the pages that your dropdown menu already displays.


$("#navigation li:has(ul.sub-navigation)").hover(function () {
     $(this).children("a").click(function () {
        return false;

Reference HTML

<ul id="navigation">
  <li><a href="#your-link-here">Nav 1</a></li>
          <ul class="sub-navigation">
                <li><a href="#your-link-here">SubNav 1</a></li>
                <li><a href="#your-link-here">SubNav 2</a></li>
                <li><a href="#your-link-here">SubNav 3</a></li>
  <li><a href="#your-link-here">Nav 2</a></li>
  <li><a href="#your-link-here">Nav 3</a></li>
  <li><a href="#your-link-here">Nav 4</a></li>