- The definition of trivial is insignificant, or of no importance.
- An example of something trivial is forgetting a grocery list before going to the store.
- An example of something trivial is the day-to-day chore of washing dishes.
- of little or no importance; insignificant; trifling
- Rare commonplace
Origin of trivialClassical Latin trivialis, of the crossroads, hence commonplace ; from trivium, place where three roads meet ; from tri-, tri- + via, road: see via
- Of little significance or value.
- Concerned with or involving unimportant matters; superficial: a trivial colleague; a trivial remark.
- Mathematics a. Of, relating to, or being the solution of an equation in which every variable is equal to zero.b. Of, relating to, or being the simplest possible case; self-evident.
Origin of trivialMiddle English trivialle, of the trivium (from Medieval Latin triviālis, from trivium, trivium; see trivium) and Latin triviālis, ordinary (from trivium, crossroads).
(comparative more trivial, superlative most trivial)
- Ignorable; of little significance or value.
- Commonplace, ordinary.
- Concerned with or involving trivia.
- (biology) Relating to or designating the name of a species; specific as opposed to generic.
- (mathematics) Of, relating to, or being the simplest possible case.
- (mathematics) Self-evident.
- Pertaining to the trivium.
- (philosophy) Indistinguishable in case of truth or falsity.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.