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insignificant

[in-sig-nif-i-kuh nt]
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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.
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noun
  1. a word, thing, or person without significance.
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Origin of insignificant

First recorded in 1620–30; in-3 + significant
Related formsin·sig·nif·i·cant·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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2. trifling, minute, minuscule, picayune.
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Examples from the Web for insignificant

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • 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

adjective
  1. having little or no importance; trifling
  2. almost or relatively meaningless
  3. small or inadequatean insignificant wage
  4. not distinctive in character, etc
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Derived Formsinsignificance or insignificancy, nouninsignificantly, 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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