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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of little significance or value.
  • adj. Ordinary; commonplace.
  • adj. Concerned with or involving trivia.
  • adj. Biology Relating to or designating a species; specific.
  • adj. Mathematics Of, relating to, or being the solution of an equation in which every variable is equal to zero.
  • adj. Mathematics Of, relating to, or being the simplest possible case; self-evident.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of little significance or value.
  • adj. Common, ordinary.
  • adj. Concerned with or involving trivia.
  • adj. Relating to or designating the name of a species; specific as opposed to generic.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being the simplest possible case.
  • adj. Self-evident.
  • adj. Pertaining to the trivium.
  • adj. Indistinguishable in case of truth or falsity.
  • n. Any of the three liberal arts forming the trivium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Found anywhere; common.
  • adj. Ordinary; commonplace; trifling; vulgar.
  • adj. Of little worth or importance; inconsiderable; trifling; petty; paltry.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the trivium.
  • n. One of the three liberal arts forming the trivium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Such as may be found everywhere; commonplace; ordinary; vulgar.
  • Trifling; insignificant; of little worth or importance; paltry.
  • Occupying one's self with trifles; trifling.
  • Of or pertaining to the trivium, or the first three liberal arts—grammar, rhetoric, and logic; hence, initiatory; rudimentary.
  • In zoology and botany: Common; popular; vernacular; not technical: noting the popular or familiar names of animals or plants, as distinguished from the technical New Latin names.
  • Specific; not generic: noting what used to be called the nomen triviale—that is, the second or specific term in the binomial technical name of an animal or a plant, such terms being often adopted or adapted from a popular name or epithet.
  • In echinoderms, specifically, of or pertaining to the trivium: as, the trivial (anterior) ambulacra of a sea-urchin.
  • n. One of the three liberal arts which constitute the trivium.
  • n. A coefficient or other quantity not containing the quantities of the set considered.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. concerned with trivialities
  • adj. of little substance or significance
  • adj. (informal) small and of little importance

Etymologies

Middle English trivialle, of the trivium (from Medieval Latin triviālis, from trivium, trivium; see trivium) and Latin triviālis, ordinary (from trivium, crossroads).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin triviālis ("appropriate to the street-corner, commonplace, vulgar"), from trivium ("place where three roads meet"). Compare trivium, trivia. (Wiktionary)

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