- of much or great significance or consequence: an important event in world history.
- mattering much (usually followed by to): details important to a fair decision.
- entitled to more than ordinary consideration or notice: an important exception.
- prominent or large: He played an important part in national politics.
- of considerable influence or authority, as a person or position: an important scientist.
- having social position or distinction, as a person or family: important guests.
- pompous; pretentious: When speaking, he assumes an important attitude that offends his audience.
- Obsolete. importunate.
Origin of important
Related Wordsworthless, insignificant, irrelevant, immaterial, meaningless, inconsequential, negligible, useless, null, trivial, frivolous, unnecessary, casual, frothy, indifferent, little, minor, minute, nonessential, nothing
Examples from the Web for unimportant
Actually giving that up and stepping aside to become the unimportant one for once is very unpleasant, even painful.
When I look back on my life as a volunteer, there is not one minute I think was wasted or unimportant.Hurricane Sandy Anniversary a Reminder of the Power of Volunteers
Jill W. Iscol
April 29, 2013
In other words, one can trust the entry on Jimmy Carter, but not entries for unimportant schlubs like me.The Dangers of Trusting Wikipedia With Your Life
April 2, 2013
I had a teacher, when young, who said the word “writer” was unimportant.Rick Moody: Why I Write
February 1, 2013
Evidently, those concerns are unimportant once the profits begin flowing into government coffers.End the Government's Lottery Monopoly
Stephen L. Carter
April 23, 2011
And it made work, and all things else, look mean and poor and unimportant.The Incomplete Amorist
Unimportant as this may seem now, it then occasioned intense excitement.Cleveland Past and Present
The beauty of women is unimportant but the number of women is very important.City of Endless Night
Cornish made some unimportant remark, which the other did not answer.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
During the whole time we had all been, with unimportant exceptions, in good health.Freeland
- lacking in significance or valueunimportant matters
- of great significance or value; outstandingVoltaire is an important writer
- of social significance; notable; eminent; esteemedan important man in the town
- (when postpositive, usually foll by to) specially relevant or of great concern (to); valued highly (by)your wishes are important to me
- an obsolete word for importunate
Word Origin and History for unimportant
mid-15c., from Middle French important and directly from Medieval Latin importantem (nominative importans), present participle of importare "be significant in," from Latin importare "bring in" (see import). Related: Importantly.