Definitions for trivial
ˈtrɪv i əltriv·ial
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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"
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.
Etymology: From trivialis, from trivium. Compare trivium, trivia.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: trivial, Fr. trivialis, Lat.
Be subjects great, and worth a poet’s voice,
For men of sense despise a trivial choice. Wentworth Dillon.
This argues conscience in your grace,
But the respects thereof are nice and trivial,
All circumstances well considered. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.
See yon mad fools, who, for some trivial right,
For love, or for mistaken honour, fight. Dryden.
Were they only some slight and trivial indiscretions, to which the example of the world exposed us, it might perhaps not much concern our religion. John Rogers, Serm.
In ev’ry work regard the writer’s end;
And if the means be just, the conduct true,
Applause, in spite of trivial faults, is due. Alexander Pope.
The ancient poets are like many modern ladies: let an action be never so trivial in itself, they always make it appear of the utmost importance. Alexander Pope.
Trivia is information and data that are considered to be of little value. It can be contrasted with general knowledge and common sense.
Trivial generally refers to something that is of little value, importance, or significance. It might also refer to a matter or task that is simple, easy, or not requiring much effort or thought.
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”.
applied to a name, means specific as opposed to generic, or popular as opposed to technical.
The numerical value of trivial in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of trivial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Politics is the pursuit of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.
The risk that he fails, however, is not trivial.
If they already have that access, the ability to get access to do real damage is trivial.
Our life is characterized by a constant dialogue between our self and consumption-- consumption as biological waste, of ourselves and others, but also the trivial destruction of products.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
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Translations for trivial
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- banal, trivialCatalan, Valencian
- druhový, bezvýznamný, triviálníCzech
- tühine, tavaline, argineEstonian
- yksinkertainen, tyhjänpäiväinen, tavallinen, turhanaikainen, mitätön, triviaaliFinnish
- anodin, banal, trivialFrench
- cumanta, suarachScottish Gaelic
- nyilvánvaló, jelentéktelen, közönséges, útszéli, triviális, magától értetődőHungarian
- ordinario, banale, insignificanteItalian
- 末梢的, 枝葉, ありふれた, ささいな, 自明, 通称, 些細, つまらない, 蛇足Japanese
- trivial, levisLatin
- kūrapa, meroitiMāori
- trywialny, błahyPolish
- тривиальный, банальный, незначительный, обычный, мелкий, ничтожныйRussian
- enkel, uppenbar, vanlig, trivial, ordinärSwedish
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