Adjective "trivial" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of little value or importance.
  1. 'trivial details'
  2. 'Very often qualitative studies seem to be full of apparently trivial details.'
  3. 'It does not matter that the offences are trivial or made under the immunity perhaps conferred by the Senate in the course of an inquiry.'
  4. 'To our contemporary minds, that might seem a relatively trivial offense.'
  5. 'He handed out yellow cards for trivial offences, but ignored several dangerous tackles.'
  6. 'No detail is too trivial to elude the boastful commentary.'
  7. 'This lack of context is unfortunate, given the amount of space devoted to a plethora of more peripheral or trivial details.'
  8. 'That suggests the possibility of anything but a trivial role for land value taxation in many of the rich countries.'
  9. 'And the pressure to conform to all these trivial values is absolutely enormous.'
  10. 'Newspapers always mix the trivial with the important, for the very good reason that trivia can be entertaining.'
  11. 'She had a light touch and a way of painting a portrait through a million trivial details that seems very contemporary.'
  12. 'Sometimes he presents her as a vain and trivial woman, sometimes as merely ignorant and fearful.'
Denoting a subgroup that either contains only the identity element or is identical with the given group.
  1. 'The first topology is a trivial one, just stating the genes are allelically identical.'


1. of very little importance or value; insignificant: Don't bother me with trivial matters.

2. commonplace; ordinary.

3. Biology. (of names of organisms) specific, as distinguished from generic.

4. Mathematics. noting a solution of an equation in which the value of every variable of the equation is equal to zero. (of a theorem, proof, or the like) simple, transparent, or immediately evident.

5. Chemistry. (of names of chemical compounds) derived from the natural source, or of

More examples(as adjective)

"pieces can be trivial for things."

"thefts can be trivial in extremes."

"talkings can be trivial by comparisons."

"sums can be trivial in comparisons."

"questions can be trivial to issues."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘belonging to the trivium’): from medieval Latin trivialis, from Latin trivium (see trivium).