in·​con·​se·​quen·​tial | \ (ˌ)in-ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkwen(t)-shəl \

Definition of inconsequential

2 : of no significance : unimportant

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Other Words from inconsequential

inconsequentiality \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkän(t)-​sə-​ˌkwen(t)-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē \ noun
inconsequentially \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkän(t)-​sə-​ˈkwen(t)-​shlē , -​ˈkwen(t)-​shə-​lē \ adverb

Examples of inconsequential in a Sentence

that's an inconsequential problem compared to the other issues an inconsequential error that does nothing to lessen the value of the report

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The life sentence offers justice for the man's death but is largely inconsequential, because Martinez has been sentenced to death in Arizona. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Murderer to return to Arizona death row after California trial," 27 Apr. 2018 Getty Images Another day, another report that Meghan Markle is breaking royal protocol in inconsequential ways. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and the Queen Are Reportedly Still Not *Quite* on the Same Fashion Page," 20 Nov. 2018 This wasn’t just a battle to free an inconsequential country. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 2018 As a result, many critics on the left dismissed Flake’s concerns about Trump as inconsequential posturing — and expected his professed openness to hearing out Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations about Brett Kavanaugh would be more of the same. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Jeff Flake’s Brett Kavanaugh delay, and difficult history with Trump, explained," 28 Sep. 2018 But when Baker’s older brother, Robert, was shot and killed back home in Seattle in April, football became inconsequential to Baker. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker trying to move on after brother's murder," 16 June 2018 The result was an inconsequential paper on jails and penal reform, followed soon after by a two-part blockbuster tome on the democratic experiment. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "Don’t get too comfortable: America’s relentless pursuit of convenience and relaxation," 19 May 2018 There's also the issue of cases where the a-fib is real but inconsequential. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "What is atrial fibrillation, and why is your watch telling you about it?," 26 Sep. 2018 Most of these tweaks feel minor and relatively inconsequential to the music industry’s culture of representation at large or the public’s perception of it. Jonny Coleman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Unpacking the Politics of the 2019 Grammy Changes," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of inconsequential

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of inconsequential was in 1823

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English Language Learners Definition of inconsequential

formal : not important

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