fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial(adj)
(informal) small and of little importance
"a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
of little substance or significance
"a few superficial editorial changes"; "only trivial objections"
concerned with trivialities
"a trivial young woman"; "a trivial mind"
Of little significance or value.
Concerned with or involving trivia.
Relating to or designating the name of a species; specific as opposed to generic.
Of, relating to, or being the simplest possible case.
Pertaining to the trivium.
Indistinguishable in case of truth or falsity.
Origin: From trivialis, from trivium. Compare trivium, trivia.
found anywhere; common
ordinary; commonplace; trifling; vulgar
of little worth or importance; inconsiderable; trifling; petty; paltry; as, a trivial subject or affair
of or pertaining to the trivium
one of the three liberal arts forming the trivium
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
triv′i-al, adj. that may be found anywhere, of little importance; trifling: common, vernacular.—v.i. Triv′ialise, to render paltry.—ns. Triv′ialism, a trivial matter or remark; Trivial′ity, the state or quality of being trivial: that which is trivial, a trifle.—adv. Triv′ially.—ns. Triv′ialness; Triv′ium, in medieval schools the name given to the first three liberal arts—viz. grammar, rhetoric, and logic. [L. trivialis, (lit.) 'at the cross-roads or public streets'—trivium, a place where three ways meet—tres, three, via, a way.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
1. Too simple to bother detailing. 2. Not worth the speaker's time. 3. Complex, but solvable by methods so well known that anyone not utterly cretinous would have thought of them already. 4. Any problem one has already solved (some claim that hackish trivial usually evaluates to “I've seen it before”). Hackers' notions of triviality may be quite at variance with those of non-hackers. See nontrivial, uninteresting.The physicist Richard Feynman, who had the hacker nature to an amazing degree (see his essay “Los Alamos From Below” in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!), defined trivial theorem as “one that has already been proved”.
The numerical value of trivial in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of trivial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The risk that he fails, however, is not trivial.
The whole reason is a bit unclear, or a bit trivial.
Time has a wonderful way of weeding out the trivial.
Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
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Translations for trivial
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- trivial, banalCatalan, Valencian
- triviální, druhový, bezvýznamnýCzech
- tühine, tavaline, argineEstonian
- mitätön, turhanaikainen, tyhjänpäiväinen, yksinkertainen, tavallinen, triviaaliFinnish
- anodin, trivial, banalFrench
- cumanta, suarachScottish Gaelic
- jelentéktelen, triviális, magától értetődő, közönséges, nyilvánvaló, útszéliHungarian
- banale, ordinario, insignificanteItalian
- 些細, つまらない, 蛇足, 自明, 通称, ありふれた, 枝葉, 末梢的Japanese
- kūrapa, meroitiMāori
- trywialny, błahyPolish
- банальный, тривиальный, обычный, ничтожный, мелкий, незначительныйRussian
- trivial, vanlig, enkel, ordinär, uppenbarSwedish
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