non·​triv·​i·​al ˌnän-ˈtri-vē-əl How to pronounce nontrivial (audio)
: not trivial : significant, important
a small but nontrivial amount
… engineering a power plant around the technology is a nontrivial problem.John Fleck
mathematics : having the value of at least one variable or term not equal to zero
a nontrivial solution

Examples of nontrivial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Riemann conjectured that all the other zeros of the function, called nontrivial zeros, have a real part of 1/2, and so are located on this vertical line. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 15 July 2024 And indeed, a nontrivial share of them—56 percent, according to Kendall-Taylor and Frantz—experience regime change within five years of a ruler’s death. Brian D. Taylor, Foreign Affairs, 26 Apr. 2022 There is also the nontrivial problem of spam, which engineers seem unsure of how to tackle, and Musk seems unconcerned about, according to the source. Kylie Robison, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2024 The simplest torus knot — indeed, the simplest nontrivial knot, period — is called a trefoil. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 This was the first nontrivial answer anybody provided to why the Kelvin wave should exist. Katie McCormick, Quanta Magazine, 18 July 2023 Indeed, only one odd-dimensional nontrivial cohomology class has been explicitly computed (in 11 dimensions), along with a handful of even ones. Leila Sloman, Quanta Magazine, 16 Feb. 2023 This implies that there are many, many nontrivial cohomology classes to be uncovered within each moduli space. Leila Sloman, Quanta Magazine, 16 Feb. 2023 Where the Riemann hypothesis says that the only nontrivial zeroes of the Riemann zeta function occur when the real part of s equals , the Lindelöf hypothesis merely says that under that condition, the output of the Riemann zeta function is small in a certain precise sense. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, 13 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of nontrivial was in 1901

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“Nontrivial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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