non·​triv·​i·​al | \ ˌnän-ˈtri-vē-əl How to pronounce nontrivial (audio) \

Definition of nontrivial

1 : not trivial : significant, important a small but nontrivial amount … engineering a power plant around the technology is a nontrivial problem.— John Fleck
2 mathematics : having the value of at least one variable or term not equal to zero a nontrivial solution

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Economic disruption is a nontrivial danger, as is political instability in Northern Ireland. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "A ‘No Deal’ Brexit Can Save the European Union," 17 Jan. 2019 There has long been a nontrivial faction of nihilistic white supremacists in American politics, arguably since the nation’s beginnings. Seth Masket, Vox, "Democrats in 2020 don’t have the Republican safety margin," 29 Nov. 2018 At least as things currently stand, that’s having a nontrivial effect on emissions. David Roberts, Vox, "Batteries have a dirty secret," 27 Apr. 2018 Neither of the pair is going to wind up in centerfield, and shifting to leftfield is a nontrivial matter given Yankee Stadium's asymmetry. Jay Jaffe,, "Imagining Giancarlo Stanton In Middle of Yankees' Lineup," 9 Dec. 2017 But few would contest that the relationship between a president and his top employees is a subject of nontrivial global significance. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "‘Petty Nonsense’ of Washington: Tillerson Joins in Thrashing the Capital," 4 Oct. 2017 More alarming, so do a nontrivial number of the same Conservatives who ostensibly supported the Cameron-Osborne tax cuts. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "What Europe Doesn’t Know About Taxes," 6 July 2017

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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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