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, 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.

  2. trivialadjective

    Common, ordinary.

  3. trivialadjective

    Concerned with or involving trivia.

  4. trivialadjective

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

  5. trivialadjective

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

  6. trivialadjective

    Self-evident.

  7. trivialadjective

    Pertaining to the trivium.

  8. trivialadjective

    Indistinguishable in case of truth or falsity.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trivialnoun

    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.

Wikipedia

  1. trivial

    Trivia is information and data that are considered to be of little value. It can be contrasted with general knowledge and common sense.

ChatGPT

  1. trivial

    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.

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. 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.'.

  2. Sir Thomas Browne:

    I could be content that we might procreate, without conjunction, or that there were any way to perpetuate the world without this trivial and vulgar way of coition it is the most foolish act a wise man commits in all his life.

  3. Marc Owen Jones:

    Although Twitter claimed they suspended some botnets this is relatively trivial, the bots suspended were crude and likely to have been identified as part of Twitter's routine spambot roundup, i've identified similar networks for years and Twitter rarely make a fanfare of getting them removed. Indeed, there are existing botnets spreading pro-regime propaganda that have existed since 2012 and that are still going strong.

  4. Isaac Asimov:

    Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.

  5. Julius Caesar:

    In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.

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