What does trivial mean?

Definitions for trivial
ˈtrɪv i əltriv·ial

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. trivial(Adjective)

    Of little significance or value.

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

  2. trivial(Adjective)

    Common, ordinary.

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

  3. trivial(Adjective)

    Concerned with or involving trivia.

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

  4. trivial(Adjective)

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

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

  5. trivial(Adjective)

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

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

  6. trivial(Adjective)

    Self-evident.

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

  7. trivial(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the trivium.

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

  8. trivial(Adjective)

    Indistinguishable in case of truth or falsity.

    Etymology: 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

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. Peter Innes:

    It has been estimated that about 35,000 people died as a result of the European heatwave in 2003, so this is not a trivial issue.

  2. Charles Baudelaire:

    I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.

  3. Jonathan Feeney:

    These are significant streams of cash flow to these companies, it's not trivial for them to say 'OK we'll just do this ourselves.'.

  4. Steve Baker:

    If the Prime Minister is not able to persuade the EU nation states to give us the four-year wait on migrant benefits then it really will be trivial, my expectation is that by the time we get to February something will be offered which will be presented as a great success, but that it will still be inconsequential.

  5. George Steiner:

    A chess genius is a human being who focuses vast, little-understood mental gifts and labors on an ultimately trivial human enterprise.

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