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[in-sig-nif-i-kuh ns]
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  1. the quality or condition of being insignificant; lack of importance or consequence.
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Origin of insignificance

First recorded in 1690–1700; insignific(ancy) + -ance
Related formsself-in·sig·nif·i·cance, noun
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Related Words for insignificance

paltriness, triviality, pettiness, nothingness, inconsequence, smallness, indifference, meanness, molehill, immateriality, inconsequentiality, negligibility

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Contemporary Examples of insignificance

Historical Examples of insignificance

  • 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.


    Rafael Sabatini

Word Origin and History for insignificance


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

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