- 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.
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Examples from the Web for trivially
Historical Examples of trivially
They had to use the great pieces of general ideas, but they exchanged them trivially.Within the Tides
So he put it, trivially, to himself, and he felt the need of clinging to triviality.Adrienne Toner
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
My conscience hurts when I remember how trivially I began it.
Trivially or greatly, as the case may be, he has been seeking to interpret life.Tragedy
Ashley H. Thorndike
The funeral procession by Willette may hang; his Montmartre things are trivially indecent.The Imitator
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.