Meaning of “trivial” in the English Dictionary

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"trivial" in British English

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trivialadjective

uk /ˈtrɪv.i.əl/ us /ˈtrɪv.i.əl/

B2 having little value or importance:

I don't know why he gets so upset about something so trivial.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is not a trivial matter.

A trivial problem is easy to solve:

Getting computers to understand human language is not a trivial problem.

More examples

  • It was a badly researched documentary which glossed over important questions while pointing up trivial ones.
  • She gets completely stressed about trivial things.
  • The problems she faces are not trivial.
  • She has been suffering from a series of trivial illnesses.
  • The cost of the postage is trivial.

(Definition of “trivial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trivial" in American English

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trivialadjective

us /ˈtrɪv·i·əl/

having little value or importance:

The story spends too much time on trivial matters.

(Definition of “trivial” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)