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Syllabification: triv·i·al
Pronunciation: /ˈtrivēəl

Definition of trivial in English:


1Of little value or importance: huge fines were imposed for trivial offenses trivial details
More example sentences
  • Even if the case is of very little importance, involving trivial loss, seeking truth from facts shall always be the norm for action.
  • There are several lessons to be learned from this incident, some trivial, some quite important.
  • And the pressure to conform to all these trivial values is absolutely enormous.
unimportant, banal, trite, commonplace, insignificant, inconsequential, minor, of no account, of no consequence, of no importance;
informal piddling, picayune, nickel-and-dime, penny-ante
trademark Mickey Mouse
1.1(Of a person) concerned only with trifling or unimportant things.
Example sentences
  • A few hecklers managed to get in during this period but they were quite trivial.
  • Mary is an amiable, conventional, and trivial young woman who gets married.
  • Sometimes he presents her as a vain and trivial woman, sometimes as merely ignorant and fearful.
frivolous, superficial, shallow, unthinking, airheaded, featherbrained, lightweight, foolish, silly, trite
1.2 Mathematics Denoting a subgroup that either contains only the identity element or is identical with the given group.
Example sentences
  • Next in complexity to the trivial ones are the mazes represented by trees.
  • In group theory one of the topics he studied was that of groups with only trivial automorphisms.
  • The first topology is a trivial one, just stating the genes are allelically identical.


late Middle English (in the sense 'belonging to the trivium'): from medieval Latin trivialis, from Latin trivium (see trivium).



Example sentences
  • The first paper is about survey participation, in which the hypothesis is seemingly trivially obvious: people who like to do surveys in general and who are interested in the survey topic are more likely to participate than others.
  • Secondly, and most trivially, if you extend her argument she is effectively saying that she's only doing it as a public service; she's not going to get any personal gain or gratification from it.
  • After all, it's trivially simple to find lots and lots of places where modern medicine has failed to explain or treat someone's illness.

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