View synonyms for insignificant


[ in-sig-nif-i-kuhnt ]


  1. unimportant, trifling, or petty:

    Omit the insignificant details.

  2. too small to be important:

    an insignificant sum.

    Synonyms: picayune, minuscule, minute, trifling

  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.


  1. a word, thing, or person without significance.


/ ˌɪnsɪɡˈnɪfɪkənt /


  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
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˌinsigˈnificance, noun
  • ˌinsigˈnificantly, adverb
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Other Words From

  • insig·nifi·cant·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of insignificant1

First recorded in 1620–30; in- 3 + significant
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Example Sentences

That said, the step taken Wednesday was not an insignificant one.

As viruses course through a population, they inevitably mutate, although most such genetic changes are functionally insignificant.

While not insignificant, these advancements still fall into the “baby steps” category.

Proponents of this move say that while the positive effect of remdesivir may be small, it is not insignificant, and that incremental improvements are vital in fighting this virus.

However, Brown said removing news articles from Facebook in Australia would be “insignificant” to its business because they are a small fraction of what users see.

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“He was an absolutely gray and insignificant personality,” says Kurnosova.

In fact, most of the false rumors they tracked on Twitter showed low to insignificant propagation.

Whatever irregularities occurred were accidental and insignificant.

And Pippa Middleton's bridesmaid dress was meant to be "insignificant."

Maliki—no Thomas Jefferson to begin with—was not about to risk his political life over such an insignificant contingent.

Think of the immeasurable wealth of a Providence who could create such a wonder for just two insignificant human beings.

Today we did not proceed further than Mendoza (twelve miles), a still more insignificant place than St. Anna.

These maps were prepared for cyclists, and many of the hills seem insignificant to a powerful motor.

Douglas got clear with but insignificant loss, and, collecting his men by a prearranged note of his horn, he returned to camp.

What earnest attention is given to every detail, no matter how insignificant, which goes to make up the general effect!





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