Definitions for trivialˈtrɪv i əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

triv•i•al*ˈtrɪv i əl(adj.)

  1. of very little importance or value; insignificant.

  2. commonplace; ordinary.

* Syn: See petty.

Origin of trivial:

1400–50; late ME < L triviālis commonplace =trivi(um) place where three roads meet, public place ( tri- tri - +-vium, der. of via road) +-ālis -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. superficial, trivial(adj)

    of little substance or significance

    "a few superficial editorial changes"; "only trivial objections"

  3. trivial(adj)

    concerned with trivialities

    "a trivial young woman"; "a trivial mind"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. trivial(adjective)ˈtrɪv i əl

    unimportant or insignificant

    a trivial matter; No one mentioned it because they thought it was trivial.


  1. trivial(Adjective)

    Of little significance or value.

  2. trivial(Adjective)

    Common, ordinary.

  3. trivial(Adjective)

    Concerned with or involving trivia.

  4. trivial(Adjective)

    Relating to or designating the name of a species; specific as opposed to generic.

  5. trivial(Adjective)

    Of, relating to, or being the simplest possible case.

  6. trivial(Adjective)


  7. trivial(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the trivium.

  8. trivial(Adjective)

    Indistinguishable in case of truth or falsity.

  9. Origin: From trivialis, from trivium. Compare trivium, trivia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trivial(adj)

    found anywhere; common

  2. Trivial(adj)

    ordinary; commonplace; trifling; vulgar

  3. Trivial(adj)

    of little worth or importance; inconsiderable; trifling; petty; paltry; as, a trivial subject or affair

  4. Trivial(adj)

    of or pertaining to the trivium

  5. Trivial(noun)

    one of the three liberal arts forming the trivium

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. trivial

    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”.


  1. Triviality

    In mathematics, the adjective trivial is frequently used for objects that have a very simple structure. The noun triviality usually refers to a simple technical aspect of some proof or definition. The origin of the term in mathematical language comes from the medieval trivium curriculum. The antonym nontrivial is commonly used by engineers and mathematicians to indicate a statement or theorem that is not obvious or easy to prove.

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of very little importance

trivial details.

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