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trivial

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adjective triv·i·al \ˈtri-vē-əl\

Simple Definition of trivial

  • : not important

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trivial

  1. 1 :  commonplace, ordinary

  2. 2a :  of little worth or importance <a trivial objection> <trivial problems>b :  relating to or being the mathematically simplest case; specifically :  characterized by having all variables equal to zero <a trivial solution to a linear equation>

  3. 3 :  specific 4

trivialist

play \-ə-list\ noun

trivially

play \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of trivial in a sentence

  1. His later memory, untutored and unsupported by anything so trivial as evidence or documents, now flourished and ran wild. —Muriel Spark, Curriculum Vitae, (1992) 1993

  2. I had never heard anyone speak of their parents in this way; I never even knew you could make them seem trivial… —Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy, 1990

  3. But the last tribute was to be a struggle among states for possession of the trivial remains of a man who in life had known as much revilement as honor. —Robert Penn Warren, Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back, 1980

  4. statistics and other trivial matters

  5. a trivial sum of money

  6. Compared to her problems, our problems seem trivial.



Origin and Etymology of trivial

Latin trivialis found everywhere, commonplace, from trivium crossroads, from tri- + via way — more at way


First Known Use: 1589


TRIVIAL Defined for Kids

trivial

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adjective triv·i·al \ˈtri-vē-əl\

Definition of trivial for Students

  1. :  of little worth or importance <Don't get angry about trivial matters.>





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