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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of administrivia was in 1937

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“Administrivia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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