- 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 Websterâ€™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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.