- 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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OTHER WORDS FROM trivialtriv·i·al·ly, adverbsu·per·triv·i·al, adjectiveun·triv·i·al, adjectiveun·triv·i·al·ly, adverb
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The Latin adjective triviālis, “pertaining to a crossroads or to public streets; common, vulgar, ordinary,” is a derivative of the classical Latin noun trivium meaning “the place where three roads meet, crossroads, intersection,” also “the street corner, the gutter (where bad character and manners are formed, and boys and young men ruined),” and finally the place sacred to the goddess Hecate. In Greek mythology, Hecate, who is associated with the moon and the netherworld, presides over (three-way) crossroads, doorways, magic, witchcraft, necromancy, and sorcery, and is mentioned as such by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, and Macbeth. The equivalent of Hecate in Roman mythology is Diana (especially one of Diana’s multiple personae). Regarded as a three-part deity, Diana has been known by various names, including Diana Trivia and simply Trivia.
Trivia is a word in Latin, the (neuter) plural of trivium “crossroads, intersection,” and the feminine singular of the adjective trivius “pertaining to a trivium ” (especially used as an epithet of the goddess Diana). The modern English trivia is New Latin, being the neuter plural of trivius, but its meaning “unimportant things, trifles, trivialities” is influenced by triviality and dates only from the beginning of the 20th century.
Examples from the Web for trivially
I was in Yorkshire last season when what is trivially called "the cold snap" came upon us.All on the Irish Shore|E. Somerville and Martin Ross
Life is great that is trivially transmitted; love is great that is vulgarly experienced.The Rhythm of Life|Alice Meynell
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.
The funeral procession by Willette may hang; his Montmartre things are trivially indecent.The Imitator|Percival Pollard