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 In the case of COVID-19, this could be a nontrivial difference. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "How — and When — Can the Coronavirus Vaccine Become a Reality?," 17 June 2020 There is a nontrivial chance that following a presidential defeat and a few more developments that are not too difficult to imagine, the Democratic Party could collapse. Michael Tomasky, The New York Review of Books, "The Party Cannot Hold," 27 Feb. 2020 The attack scenarios the researchers looked at would require hackers to have already mounted successful, nontrivial attacks against user devices or Voatz's systems. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Voting App Flaws Could Have Let Hackers Manipulate Results," 13 Feb. 2020 Most best picture nominees receive a nontrivial box-office bounce after getting nominated. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The Oscars still matter. But the winners do not," 6 Feb. 2020 Costs associated with labeling legislation are nontrivial, and restrictions on what can be labeled meat could ultimately have the reverse effect desired by the meat industry. Brandon Mcfadden, The Conversation, "Government restrictions on labeling products as ‘meat’ aren’t likely to help anyone," 8 Oct. 2019 Although the price of an individual virtual currency transaction may be lower, there are still many nontrivial costs necessary to connecting to the digital society. Jay L. Zagorsky, The Conversation, "Facebook claims Libra offers economic empowerment to billions – an economist is skeptical," 18 June 2019 When taken in nontrivial amounts, the mushrooms are powerful, temporarily changing consciousness in profound ways. Kevin Matthews, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Let’s talk magic mushrooms, Denver, now that they are decriminalized," 17 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of nontrivial

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Nontrivial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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