adjective triv·i·al \ˈtri-vē-əl\

: not important

Full Definition of TRIVIAL

a :  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>
:  specific 4
triv·i·al·ist \-ə-list\ noun
triv·i·al·ly \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of TRIVIAL

  1. statistics and other trivial matters
  2. a trivial sum of money
  3. Compared to her problems, our problems seem trivial.
  4. 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

Origin of TRIVIAL

Latin trivialis found everywhere, commonplace, from trivium crossroads, from tri- + via way — more at way
First Known Use: 1589
TRIVIALISTS Defined for Kids


adjective triv·i·al \ˈtri-vē-əl\

Definition of TRIVIAL for Kids

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


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