trivial

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin triviālis (appropriate to the street-corner, commonplace, vulgar), from trivium (place where three roads meet). Compare trivium, trivia.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɹɪ.vi.əl/
  • (CaE) IPA(key): [ˈt(ʃ)ɹɪviˌ(ʊ)l]
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AdjectiveEdit

trivial (comparative more trivial, superlative most trivial)

  1. Ignorable; of little significance or value.
    • 1848, Thackeray, William Makepeace, Vanity Fair, Bantam Classics (1997), 16:
      "All which details, I have no doubt, Jones, who reads this book at his Club, will pronounce to be excessively foolish, trivial, twaddling, and ultra-sentimental."
  2. Commonplace, ordinary.
    • De Quincey
      As a scholar, meantime, he was trivial, and incapable of labour.
  3. Concerned with or involving trivia.
  4. (biology) Relating to or designating the name of a species; specific as opposed to generic.
  5. (mathematics) Of, relating to, or being the simplest possible case.
  6. (mathematics) Self-evident.
  7. Pertaining to the trivium.
  8. (philosophy) Indistinguishable in case of truth or falsity.

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NounEdit

trivial (plural trivials)

  1. (obsolete) Any of the three liberal arts forming the trivium.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


FrenchEdit

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trivial m (feminine triviale, masculine plural triviaux, feminine plural triviales)

  1. trivial (common, easy, obvious)
  2. ordinary, mundane
  3. colloquial (language)

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GermanEdit

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trivial (comparative trivialer, superlative am trivialsten)

  1. trivial (common, easy, obvious)

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PortugueseEdit

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trivial m, f (plural triviais; comparable)

  1. trivial

SpanishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

trivial m, f (plural triviales)

  1. trivial
Last modified on 30 March 2014, at 15:48