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[triv-ee-al-i-tee] /ˌtrɪv iˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural trivialities.
something trivial; a trivial matter, affair, remark, etc.:
cocktail conversation marked by trivialities.
Also, trivialness
[triv-ee-uh l-nis] /ˈtrɪv i əl nɪs/ (Show IPA)
. trivial quality or character.
Origin of triviality
1590-1600; trivial + -ity
Related forms
nontriviality, noun, plural nontrivialities. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for triviality
  • They speculate on their own but modern science has since long moved beyond triviality of everyday conceptions.
  • There's a slippery slope here, trading off explanatory power for triviality.
  • It is a triviality of logic that any theory which deuces contradiction is an inconsistent theory and it proves anything.
  • The seeming triviality of insects, on the other hand, was one of the reasons they were so important.
  • Because the impact of the closure was substantial, it cannot support the invocation of a triviality exception.
  • The seriousness or triviality of back injury cases tend to be fact specific and there are decisions holding both ways.
  • There should be some distinction between gravity and triviality.
British Dictionary definitions for triviality


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being trivial
something, such as a remark, that is trivial
Official name trivialism (ˈtrɪvɪəˌlɪzəm)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for triviality

1590s, "quality of being trivial," from trivial + -ity. Meaning "a trivial thing or affair" is from 1610s. Related: Trivialities.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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