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Probably a relatively technical term. Commonly used for the case where, for example, two sets are equal because they are both empty.

"This instance of the problem has reduced down to the _____ case".

Trivial is very close but I have a feeling there's a better term too.

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You may be thinking about the degenerate case:

degenerate 2: being mathematically simpler (as by having a factor or constant equal to zero) than the typical case

(Merriam-Webster Online)

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  • Couldn't remember it either but I saw it in the "See also" section of Wikipedia's "Triviality" article. May 15, 2015 at 15:06

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