triv·​i·​al·​i·​ty | \ˌtri-vē-ˈa-lə-tē \
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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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 The play’s thorough triviality and lack of respect for its contemporary Victorian morals bristles with wit and clever observations. Jim Rutter,, "At Hedgerow: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (and, for this play, being youngish)," 6 May 2018 To him, the calm Momo—who sits quietly while others bicker over trivialities or rush through their work robotically—is the embodiment of a mature Buddhist practitioner. Giulia Pines, The Atlantic, "Why a Classic German Children's Tale Is Ripe for Revisiting," 12 Mar. 2018 Together the three Egelunds are the sole owners of the business, one built on transforming mundane, often unglamorous household trivialities into attractive tools to be both used and admired. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "How a Salon Trash Can Turned a Design Brand Into a Phenomenon," 5 Mar. 2018 The last meaningless triviality of the patriarchy—that jewelry is a luxury to be enjoyed by women but bought only by men—was dead. Rachel Tashjian, Vanities, "Whatever Happened to Ivanka Trump’s SoHo Boutique?," 25 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of triviality

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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