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insignificant

[in-sig-nif-i-kuh nt] /ˌɪn sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kənt/
adjective
1.
unimportant, trifling, or petty:
Omit the insignificant details.
2.
too small to be important:
an insignificant sum.
3.
of no consequence, influence, or distinction:
a minor, insignificant bureaucrat.
4.
without weight of character; contemptible:
an insignificant fellow.
5.
without meaning; meaningless:
insignificant sounds.
noun
6.
a word, thing, or person without significance.
Origin of insignificant
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30; in-3 + significant
Related forms
insignificantly, adverb
Synonyms
2. trifling, minute, minuscule, picayune.
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Examples from the Web for insignificant
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  • All precepts, all religions, are insignificant agencies by their side.

  • That Mlle. Bernhardt should be insignificant does not much matter.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • If any man call these things foolishness, his judgement is to me insignificant.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • What is my insignificant life, when weighed against the happiness of Arvon?

    Imogen William Godwin
  • No matter how slight or insignificant your eye trouble may seem.

British Dictionary definitions for insignificant

insignificant

/ˌɪnsɪɡˈnɪfɪkənt/
adjective
1.
having little or no importance; trifling
2.
almost or relatively meaningless
3.
small or inadequate: an insignificant wage
4.
not distinctive in character, etc
Derived Forms
insignificance, insignificancy, noun
insignificantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insignificant
adj.

1650s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + significant. Related: Insignificantly.

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