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nontrivial

Requiring real thought or significant computing power. Often used as an understated way of saying that a problem is quite difficult or impractical, or even entirely unsolvable ("Proving P=NP is nontrivial"). The preferred emphatic form is "decidedly nontrivial".

See uninteresting, interesting.
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nontrivial

Not lightweight. Nontrivial is a favorite word among programmers and computer people for describing any task that is not quick and easy to accomplish. It may mean "extremely" difficult and time consuming. Therefore, since many programmers are unbridled optimists, take the word seriously!
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When the number of linearly independent energy vectors is equal to the number of columns (the number of possible energy function values minus the number of zero-sided tensors), full rank has been achieved, and the CA/energy window pair under test is known not to correspond to a nontrivial conservation function.
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The solution x(t) = ([x.sub.1](t), [x.sub.2](t)), t [member of] [J.sub.0] of the system (1) is called [x.sub.i]--trivial ([x.sub.i]--nontrivial, [x.sub.i]--constant, [x.sub.i]--bounded, [x.sub.i]--non-bounded) i = 1,2 is the certain point, if [x.sub.i]--is the trivial (nontrivial, constant, bounded, non-bounded) function at the interval [J.sub.0].
Moreover, they show if [q.sub.0] < q [less than or equal to] [q.sub.c] = m+ 1, the all nontrivial nonnegative solutions blow up in a finite time, while global nontrivial nonnegative solutions exist if q > [q.sub.c].
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The proofs and concepts covered in these final two chapters are nontrivial and are the result of recent work.
But there is another nontrivial problem that Hallmark and his people are dealing with.
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Page began to work on his dissertation, speculating that, while it was trivial to follow links from one page to the other, it was nontrivial to discover links back--like in academic publishing, where publishing is good, but being cited in others' works is much better.
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