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Definition of "trivial" []

  • Of little significance or value. (adjective)
  • Ordinary; commonplace. (adjective)
  • Concerned with or involving trivia. (adjective)
  • Biology Relating to or designating a species; specific. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Of, relating to, or being the solution of an equation in which every variable is equal to zero. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "trivial" in a sentence
  • "During one Sen.te meeting on the immigration legislation, he attacked Sen. John Cornyn of Texas for raising what he characterized as trivial objections to a compromise being worked out with the White House."
  • "Fund then compared what he called the "trivial number" of 108 voters with the 1,420 military ballots that were rejected statewide, ignoring the other 996 who were eligible but were denied the right to vote."
  • "Mr. Weinberg noted that the core inflation rate, which strips out volatile prices, is just 0.9 per cent on an annual basis, which he calls "trivial.""