ad·​min·​is·​triv·​ia | \ əd-¦mi-nə-ˈstri-vē-ə How to pronounce administrivia (audio) \

Definition of administrivia

: routine paperwork and other administrative tasks that are regarded as trivial, uninteresting, and time-consuming Without a doubt, current spending patterns put too many dollars toward administrivia and too often place political concerns ahead of real student needs.Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 25 Sept. 1999 Despite the school's large number of inexperienced teachers, I.S. 193's two staff developers do little teacher training, some faculty members said. Instead, they said, the developers work on what some in the school have dubbed “administrivia”—paperwork, reports and memos.— Sam Dillon, New York Times, 9 May 1994

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First Known Use of administrivia

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for administrivia

blend of administr- (in administration, administrative) and trivia

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