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
Recent Examples on the Web Today’s campaigns often turn on trivialities and are painless or even profitable for their promoters. The Economist, "China’s thin-skinned online nationalists want to be both loved and feared by the West," 22 Aug. 2019 Dessert sounds like such a triviality when confronted by all the challenges of deep space, from keeping humans alive to repairing spacecraft. Mika Mckinnon, Quartz, "Astronauts will bake cookies in space to see how they cook in zero gravity," 1 Aug. 2019 Wherever Godzilla appears, the triviality of humanity’s accomplishments and defences are made plain. Julian Ch Lee, Quartzy, "Godzilla is the perfect monster for our age of environmental destruction," 1 June 2019 When squabbles do arise, often over the merest triviality, they are usually settled by gestures and loud protest. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 Knowing whether a polynomial is always nonnegative might seem like a mathematical triviality. Quanta Magazine, "A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into the Modern World," 23 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of triviality

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Triviality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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