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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Also, this work is nontrivial. Allison Whitten, Quanta Magazine, 2 Aug. 2022 What if a study predicted nontrivial emissions? The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 So even if a wealth tax survived a vigorous national debate and made it through Congress, the odds against it getting past the Supreme Court would be nontrivial. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2021 One nontrivial problem with Coon’s theory, and all attempts to make race into an evolutionary unit, is that there is no evidence. Alan Goodman, Discover Magazine, 25 June 2020 Building out the infrastructure to run AI models in production and at scale is nontrivial. Pete Hanlon, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 These problems give way to a third one: the sheer unusability for most end users and the nontrivial cost and complexity each service faces when trying to offer MFA. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 6 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of nontrivial was in 1901

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“Nontrivial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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