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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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 Compared with soldiers who have endured blasts from roadside bombs — a cause of brain injuries and PTSD among veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — the wounds of drone pilots may seem inconsequential. New York Times, "The Wounds of the Drone Warrior," 13 June 2018 In fact, as seen in the comments section of one of the tennis pro's most recent posts, sometimes these cyberbullies focus on are the most tiny, inconsequential aspects of Williams's outward appearance. Andrea Park, Allure, "Serena Williams Is Getting Cyberbullied for Her Eyebrows and It's Ridiculous," 3 May 2018 The automaker’s designers and engineers replaced seemingly inconsequential metal fittings with lighter, simpler carbon bits. Basem Wasef, WIRED, "McLaren's $958,966 Senna Hypercar Ain't Pretty, but It Can Whip a Track," 30 June 2018 Maikel Franco’s two-out, ninth-inning homer off closer Aroldis Chapman was ultimately inconsequential. New York Times, "Yankees End Skid, but Lose Gary Sanchez for Several Weeks," 25 June 2018 When the Raptors went small in the second half, Love reduced 6-6 defender C.J. Miles to utterly inconsequential status. Zachariah Durr,, "Cavs fans flip (literally) as they Sound Off over Game 2's defeat of the Raptors (VIDEO)," 3 May 2018 The program had been inconsequential since its inception, aside from a run to the 1989 Women’s College World Series when the tournament field included only eight teams. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "White, Longhorns hope team up leads to CWS title," 27 June 2018 Trump and his allies have said the meetings were inconsequential, and there was no collusion. Manuel Roig-franzia And Rosalind S. Helderman,, "Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of inconsequential

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of inconsequential

: not important

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