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Definitions for trivial
ˈtrɪv i əltriv·ial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivialadjective

    (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, trivialadjective

    of little substance or significance

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

  3. trivialadjective

    concerned with trivialities

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

Wiktionary

  1. trivialadjective

    Of little significance or value.

    Etymology: From trivialis, from trivium. Compare trivium, trivia.

  2. trivialadjective

    Common, ordinary.

    Etymology: From trivialis, from trivium. Compare trivium, trivia.

  3. trivialadjective

    Concerned with or involving trivia.

    Etymology: From trivialis, from trivium. Compare trivium, trivia.

  4. trivialadjective

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

    Etymology: From trivialis, from trivium. Compare trivium, trivia.

  5. trivialadjective

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

    Etymology: From trivialis, from trivium. Compare trivium, trivia.

  6. trivialadjective

    Self-evident.

    Etymology: From trivialis, from trivium. Compare trivium, trivia.

  7. trivialadjective

    Pertaining to the trivium.

    Etymology: From trivialis, from trivium. Compare trivium, trivia.

  8. trivialadjective

    Indistinguishable in case of truth or falsity.

    Etymology: From trivialis, from trivium. Compare trivium, trivia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trivialadjective

    found anywhere; common

  2. Trivialadjective

    ordinary; commonplace; trifling; vulgar

  3. Trivialadjective

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

  4. Trivialadjective

    of or pertaining to the trivium

  5. Trivialnoun

    one of the three liberal arts forming the trivium

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trivial

    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. 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”.

Entomology

  1. Trivial

    applied to a name, means specific as opposed to generic, or popular as opposed to technical.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trivial in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trivial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of trivial in a Sentence

  1. James Clark:

    All of the scheduled executions must be halted for good, while the death penalty is unacceptable in any case, the judicial process should not be cut short for something as trivial as an expiration date when the stakes are so high.

  2. Gail Sheehy:

    As we reach midlife, we are not prepared for the idea that time can run out on us, or for the startling truth that if we don't hurry to pursue our own definition of a meaningful existence, life can become a repetition of trivial maintenance duties.

  3. W. M. L. Jay:

    Though a good motive cannot sanction a bad action, a bad motive will always vitiate a good action. In common and trivial matters we may act without motives, but in momentous ones the most careful deliberation is wisdom.

  4. Donald Trump:

    In all fairness, I don't want it to sound trivial, NBC renewed 'The Apprentice,' because we had a great season last season. And they would love me not to be doing this, I will tell you right now.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Man often overstates the trivial things and understates the vital ones!

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