Meaning of TRIVIAL in English

TRIVIAL

adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a small/trivial matter (= a matter that is not important )

Walking out over such a small matter may seem ridiculous.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

as

It contributed to a revaluation of photographic genres, so that snapshots could no longer be ignored as trivial and irrelevant.

It is not as trivial an achievement as you might imagine.

This latter task was not as trivial as may be supposed in a society where wood and straw huts burnt down regularly.

But they are wrong to see gay marriage as trivial or frivolous.

Interest in food, in warmth, in punishment, soon outstripped a matter as trivial as a fire.

As Goffmann points out these signs have been neglected or disparaged as trivial items.

So doubt is never treated as trivial .

It's definitely tempting to dismiss this peculiar, fledging series as trivial .

most

To meet the target, managers were forced wastefully to expend resources on the most trivial complaints.

But the humans who taught them haven't managed to pick up even the most trivial elements of gorilla-speak.

She could not bear the claustrophobia of the place, which magnified the smallest incidents or most trivial remarks into giant horrors.

There was murder for gain, and for the most trivial and pointless reasons, often for hardly any reason at all.

I used to have a boyfriend who continually confounded me by his ability to remember the most trivial remarks weeks later.

And race difference is, among all the differences which have been used to justify oppression, probably the most trivial .

He gives the same fierce concentration to the most trivial action.

quite

I should say that these errors have all been without exception quite trivial in themselves.

The ten-knot speed of a liner is quite trivial by comparison.

All this is really quite trivial compared to my real concern.

relatively

While the first of the four examples we have quoted seems relatively trivial , the final two have more significance.

Whether unfudgeability is a new principle is a relatively trivial point.

so

Morphological processing is not quite so trivial for a computer as it is for a human.

My favorite dust-ups are when the marital conflict is over something so trivial that you laugh as you retell the story.

Other defects were so trivial as to have no effect.

For the very rich, the tax will be so trivial as to be unnoticed.

Those on the market at the moment are so trivial it is untrue.

I became tired with Ramon and his canvases and drinking and cursing, it all seemed so trivial .

He seemed far too competent for life to catch him out in so trivial a way.

too

Some ideas will be too trivial , some would be impossible to carry out.

He is a man who feels that anything of this mere Earthly sphere is almost too trivial to notice.

The content may be too trivial or too deep for the group, causing embarrassment to the teacher.

Or they marry, and passion dies because they are too trivial to sustain it.

They may consider them too trivial or feel that the police would be able to offer little assistance.

Some crimes are not reported at all, because the victim regards them as too trivial .

No plot is too trivial for him to explore: Gaudy Night.

No internet service is too trivial to demand a password.

■ NOUN

matter

In general they overestimate the amount available and underestimate the time wasted by being fragmented in small amounts on rather trivial matters .

From a human relations point of view, Janet had outsmarted Hazel by refusing to become a victim over a trivial matter .

Having committed himself by revealing defence secrets, such freedom of speech seemed a trivial matter .

Installing and maintaining a Web server is not a trivial matter , however, given the security and administrative issues involved.

In contrast to what he had been fearing, it was a trivial matter .

Our obsession with cleanliness is no trivial matter .

Criminalising them would cover trivial matters , such as neighbours quarrelling over a lawnmower.

A sad little tale it sounded, a trivial matter to consign a soul to perpetual separation.

name

It is the same with science and its trivial names .

Before much was known about the structure, trivial names were the only way to identify compounds.

For the expert in the field, trivial names are short, convenient and an efficient means of communication.

Long live the tried and trusted trivial names !

Where the trivial name is easily remembered by association with shape, the systematic name would kill any enthusiasm.

The point of this is not the trivial name involved, but the fact that I remember it so clearly.

problem

May we never become so wrapped up in our own trivial problems that we forget to care about anyone else.

things

You don't have any time for silly trivial things .

The poet sees in life a truth that gives significance to the otherwise mean and trivial things .

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

No, I don't think your question is trivial at all.

She often loses her temper over trivial matters.

The issue of where the peace talks will be held may seem trivial , but to the participants it is very important.

Why waste time watching trivial TV programs?

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

And that is one reason why this presidential election is beginning to look so transparent and trivial .

As far as social psychological concepts are concerned, the distinction between universal and particular is not a trivial one.

From a human relations point of view, Janet had outsmarted Hazel by refusing to become a victim over a trivial matter.

Having committed himself by revealing defence secrets, such freedom of speech seemed a trivial matter.

In general they overestimate the amount available and underestimate the time wasted by being fragmented in small amounts on rather trivial matters.

People in them feel liberated from the trivial and the arbitrary.

Some ideas will be too trivial , some would be impossible to carry out.

This is tiny, but not trivial .

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