- 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.
- trivial name,
Origin of trivial
Examples from the Web for trivial
Harping about a Republican war on women while wages stagnate and growth sputters is trivial and desperate.
The most riveting stories so far deal with trivial matters that sound like deleted scenes from a George Costanza fever dream.
That may seem like a trivial point, but it is not universally agreed on.Pennsylvania. Oregon. Is Gay Marriage Unstoppable?|Jay Michaelson|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is it really a trivial thing to not offer a desired benefit to employees?Contraception Looks Like a Loser at the Supreme Court|Jay Michaelson|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tolstoy is unsurpassed in combining the grand with the trivial, that is, the small details which make up life.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love|Lea Carpenter|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nothing was too vast or too complicated to be undertaken, no detail was too trivial to be studied.England and Germany|Emile Joseph Dillon
Akin to this is fashionably slangy conversation concerning the latest thing in books, magazine articles, trivial plays.A Girl's Student Days and After|Jeannette Marks
The simple things and the simple people who surrounded her did not serve only trivial purposes.The Precipice|Ivan Goncharov
The differences in colouring between the two lots of larv thus treated were, however, of the most trivial description.New Zealand Moths and Butterflies|G. V. Hudson
He would not leave His people at a loss as to the most trivial affair.Notes on the Book of Leviticus|C. H. Mackintosh
Word Origin for trivial
"ordinary" (1580s); "insignificant" (1590s), from Latin trivialis "common, commonplace, vulgar," literally "of or belonging to the crossroads," from trivium "place where three roads meet," in transferred use, "an open place, a public place," from tri- "three" (see three) + via "road" (see via). The sense connection is "public," hence "common, commonplace."
The earliest use of the word in English was early 15c., a separate borrowing in the academic sense "of the trivium" (the first three liberal arts); from a Medieval Latin use of trivialis in the sense "of the trivium," from trivium as neuter of the Latin adjective trivius "of three roads." Cf. trivia. Related: Trivially. The board game Trivial Pursuit was released 1982 and was a craze in U.S. for several years thereafter.