Meaning of TRIVIAL in English


triv ‧ i ‧ al /ˈtrɪviəl/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: trivialis 'found everywhere, common' , from trivium 'place where three roads meet, crossroads' , from tri- + via 'way' ]

not serious, important, or valuable

trivial problem/matter/complaint etc

We were punished for the most trivial offences.

a trivial sum

Her feelings for Simon seemed trivial by comparison.

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▪ unimportant not important:

The exact details are unimportant.


Girls' education was seen as unimportant.

▪ of no/little importance not important, or not very important. These phrases sound a little more formal than unimportant :

If you're capable of doing the job, your age is of no importance.


It's of little importance whether or not this story is true.

▪ minor small and not very likely to have an important effect - used especially about changes, problems, injuries, damage, or differences:

I've made a few minor changes.


The driver suffered minor injuries.


These are just minor problems.

▪ trivial very unimportant and not worth worrying about or spending time on:

They had a disagreement about some trivial matter.


She tends to get upset about trivial things.

▪ insignificant very small and unimportant, especially when compared to other things:

Her own problems seemed insignficant.


The amount of carbon they produce is relatively insignificant.

▪ negligible extremely small and not important - used especially about effects, amounts, differences, or risks:

So far, the program has had a negligible effect.


The difference in price is negligible.

▪ secondary not as important as something else:

These issues are of secondary importance.


For many women, a career is secondary to being mother.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.