triv·​i·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌtri-vē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce triviality (audio) \
plural trivialities

Definition of triviality

1 : the quality or state of being trivial
2 : something trivial : trifle

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Examples of triviality in a Sentence

We shouldn't spend time on such trivialities. the triviality of the problem

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But in some ways, its sheer triviality speaks volumes about Kavanaugh’s character. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh’s habit of dissembling makes it hard to take his word over Ford’s," 24 Sep. 2018 Doing the right thing for shareholders can mean getting into the nation with the world’s most internet users, whatever the price in trivialities such as playing along with an authoritarian regime. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Behind the fight over Google’s China project, a battle for the company’s soul," 21 Aug. 2018 Carved out cuteness The short length might also play into that cheerful triviality. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Gnog Review: Short and sweet puzzle unboxing," 12 Aug. 2018 The conversation drifted around trivialities like the weather or how longbefore some road construction would be complete. Anne-marie Yerks, Country Living, "My Knitting Group Was Great—Until the Topic of Kids Came Up," 3 Sep. 2015 Davies opened the second half of the evening, featuring Bolcom’s music, with something rare: podium commentary worth hearing, as opposed to trivialities and anecdotes. Howard Reich,, "Grant Park Orchestra review: A fitting 80th birthday tribute to William Bolcom," 7 July 2018 The best way to avoid Parkinson’s law of triviality is to get the agenda right. The Economist, "Tortured by meetings," 28 June 2018 That’s where the triviality of these gestures is also a weapon. Moira Donegan, The Cut, "In Conversation With Mary Beard," 7 June 2018 Knowing whether a polynomial is always nonnegative might seem like a mathematical triviality. Kevin Hartnett, WIRED, "A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into Self-Driving Cars," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of triviality

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of triviality was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of triviality

: something that is not important
: the quality or state of being trivial

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