- of very little importance or value; insignificant: Don't bother me with trivial matters.
- commonplace; ordinary.
- Biology. (of names of organisms) specific, as distinguished from generic.
- 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.
- Chemistry. (of names of chemical compounds) derived from the natural source, or of historic origin, and not according to the systematic nomenclature: Picric acid is the trivial name of 2,4,6-trinitrophenol.
Origin of trivial
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Examples from the Web for 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
- of little importance; petty or frivoloustrivial complaints
- ordinary or commonplace; tritetrivial conversation
- maths (of the solutions of a set of homogeneous equations) having zero values for all the variables
- biology denoting the specific name of an organism in binomial nomenclature
- biology chem denoting the popular name of an organism or substance, as opposed to the scientific one
- of or relating to the trivium
Word Origin and History for trivially
"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.