Definition of trivial in English:



  • 1Of little value or importance.

    ‘huge fines were imposed for trivial offences’
    ‘trivial details’
    • ‘Newspapers always mix the trivial with the important, for the very good reason that trivia can be entertaining.’
    • ‘But, of course, the fact is that offences range from the trivial to the serious.’
    • ‘Many people will benefit from this yet still there are some who obstruct and complain about the smallest trivial detail.’
    • ‘No detail is too trivial to elude the boastful commentary.’
    • ‘Sorting out the important from the trivial adds to good management of matters.’
    • ‘He recalls a day when they argued over a trivial script detail.’
    • ‘This lack of context is unfortunate, given the amount of space devoted to a plethora of more peripheral or trivial details.’
    • ‘Very often qualitative studies seem to be full of apparently trivial details.’
    • ‘There are several lessons to be learned from this incident, some trivial, some quite important.’
    • ‘And the pressure to conform to all these trivial values is absolutely enormous.’
    • ‘She had a light touch and a way of painting a portrait through a million trivial details that seems very contemporary.’
    • ‘That suggests the possibility of anything but a trivial role for land value taxation in many of the rich countries.’
    • ‘A plethora of issues, both important as well as trivial, have had an effect on the public opinion.’
    • ‘The answers might be of trivial importance now, but someday it could be lifesaving.’
    • ‘It does not matter that the offences are trivial or made under the immunity perhaps conferred by the Senate in the course of an inquiry.’
    • ‘Possibly they see the offence as too trivial to pursue.’
    • ‘Even if the case is of very little importance, involving trivial loss, seeking truth from facts shall always be the norm for action.’
    • ‘He handed out yellow cards for trivial offences, but ignored several dangerous tackles.’
    • ‘To our contemporary minds, that might seem a relatively trivial offense.’
    • ‘But it is sad that the media has been highlighting trivial events while ignoring important health issues.’
    unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, minor, of little account, of no account, of little consequence, of no consequence, of little importance, of no importance, not worth bothering about, not worth mentioning
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    1. 1.1(of a person) concerned only with petty things.
      • ‘Mary is an amiable, conventional, and trivial young woman who gets married.’
      • ‘Sometimes he presents her as a vain and trivial woman, sometimes as merely ignorant and fearful.’
      • ‘A few hecklers managed to get in during this period but they were quite trivial.’
      frivolous, superficial, shallow, unthinking, empty-headed, feather-brained, lightweight, foolish, silly
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  • 2Mathematics
    Denoting a subgroup that either contains only the identity element or is identical with the given group.

    • ‘In group theory one of the topics he studied was that of groups with only trivial automorphisms.’
    • ‘Next in complexity to the trivial ones are the mazes represented by trees.’
    • ‘The first topology is a trivial one, just stating the genes are allelically identical.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘belonging to the trivium’): from medieval Latin trivialis, from Latin trivium (see trivium).