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[in-sig-nif-i-kuh ns] /ˌɪn sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kəns/
the quality or condition of being insignificant; lack of importance or consequence.
Origin of insignificance
First recorded in 1690-1700; insignific(ancy) + -ance
Related forms
self-insignificance, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Ah, they are of their insignificance so loftily unconscious.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • She took her insignificance, the absence of any soft emotion, quite calmly.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • His first impression of his tutor was one of insignificance.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Meditate upon it, and on the insignificance and evanescence of human life.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Thus the great adventure of Redon dwindled to insignificance.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • All else has faded into insignificance before the necessity of raising cotton.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • I stood for a while as if rooted to the spot, overwhelmed by my insignificance.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Word Origin and History for insignificance

1690s, from insignificant + -ance. Related: Insignificancy (1650s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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