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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Recent Examples on the Web Returning to the original purpose of my experiment, I was heartened to learn that thousands of users are spending nontrivial amounts of time each day working in a virtual world, as this finding validates some of my predictions from 2016. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 These fundamental differences mean that before Meta can safely switch all of its platforms to end-to-end encryption, its apps must undergo some nontrivial changes. David Thiel, Wired, 3 Dec. 2021 The work that goes on inside them involves a nontrivial degree of risk, which is why NEIDL, with its vaults and barricades and bulwarks — including its operational protocols — resembles a modern-day citadel. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 The upshot of course is the temporary but nontrivial spike in consumer prices – inflation – that has so many worried right now. Robert Hockett, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 For the same reason, cloth masks are considered more eco-friendly—a nontrivial consideration, given mounting concerns about the waste generated during the pandemic. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 4 Oct. 2021 To change the ranking to favor true stories over false ones, say, the platforms would need a way to systematically judge everything that gets shared, or at least everything that gets shared a nontrivial amount. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 1 Sep. 2021 To cover the sport is to know of a nontrivial number of players who wouldn’t cross the street to pour water on a fellow pro who erupted in flames. New York Times, 16 June 2021 Still, throughout human history, this shortcut has provided a nontrivial social and psychological service. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of nontrivial

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 23 Jan. 2022.

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