[in-kon-si-kwen-shuh l, in-kon-]


of little or no importance; insignificant; trivial.
inconsequent; illogical.

Origin of inconsequential

First recorded in 1615–25; in-3 + consequential
Related formsin·con·se·quen·ti·al·i·ty, nounin·con·se·quen·tial·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inconsequential

Contemporary Examples of inconsequential

Historical Examples of inconsequential

  • He chattered about inconsequential matters all through dinner.

    Weak on Square Roots

    Russell Burton

  • For a while they talked of trite and inconsequential things.

    The Harbor of Doubt

    Frank Williams

  • It pulses on inconsequential, and it would be impossible to determine any sequence.

  • He thinks I'm frivolous and inconsequential, and totally unfitted for this position of trust.

    Dear Enemy

    Jean Webster

  • Conflict between man and man was at first vague and inconsequential.

    Man And His Ancestor

    Charles Morris

British Dictionary definitions for inconsequential


inconsequent (ɪnˈkɒnsɪkwənt)


not following logically as a consequence
trivial or insignificant
not in a logical sequence; haphazard
Derived Formsinconsequentiality, inconsequentialness, inconsequence or inconsequentness, nouninconsequentially or inconsequently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inconsequential

"characterized by inconsequence," 1620s; "not worth noticing," 1782; see inconsequent + -al (1). Related: Inconsequentially.

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