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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
triv•i•al /ˈtrɪviəl/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
triv•i•al•i•ty /ˌtrɪviˈælɪti/USA pronunciation n., pl. -ties. [uncountable]: the triviality of considering what clothes to wear after an earthquake.[countable]: the trivialities of daily living.See -via-.
- of or relating to trivia:He was overreacting to what was really a trivial offense on her part.
(triv′ē əl), adj.
- of very little importance or value;
insignificant:Don't bother me with trivial matters.
- commonplace; ordinary.
- Biology[Biol.](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.
Chemistry[Chem.](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.
- (of a theorem, proof, or the like) simple, transparent, or immediately evident.
1 . unimportant, nugatory, slight, immaterial, inconsequential, frivolous, trifling. See petty.
1 . important.
- Latin triviālis belonging to the crossroads or street corner, hence commonplace, equivalent. to tri- tri- + vi(a) road + -ālis -al1
- late Middle English 1400–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
trivial /ˈtrɪvɪəl/ adj
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin triviālis belonging to the public streets, common, from trivium crossroads, junction of three roads, from tri- + via roadˈtrivially adv ˈtrivialness n
- of little importance; petty or frivolous: trivial complaints
- ordinary or commonplace; trite: trivial conversation
- denoting the popular name of an organism or substance, as opposed to the scientific one
- of or relating to the trivium