Trivial definition

trĭvē-əl
Of little or no importance; insignificant; trifling.
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Of, relating to, or being the simplest possible case; self-evident.
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Ignorable; of little significance or value.
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Of, relating to, or being the solution of an equation in which every variable is equal to zero.
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(obsolete) Any of the three liberal arts forming the trivium.

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Concerned with or involving trivia.
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(biology) Relating to or designating the name of a species; specific as opposed to generic.
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(mathematics) Of, relating to, or being the simplest possible case.
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(mathematics) Self-evident.
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Pertaining to the trivium.
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(philosophy) Indistinguishable in case of truth or falsity.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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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.

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Of little significance or value.
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(rare) Commonplace.
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Concerned with or involving unimportant matters; superficial.

A trivial colleague; a trivial remark.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
trivial
Plural:
trivials

Origin of trivial

  • Middle English trivialle of the trivium (from Medieval Latin triviālis) (from trivium trivium trivium) Latin triviālis ordinary (from trivium crossroads)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin triviālis (“appropriate to the street-corner, commonplace, vulgar"), from trivium (“place where three roads meet"). Compare trivium, trivia.

    From Wiktionary