in·​con·​se·​quen·​tial (ˌ)in-ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkwen(t)-shəl How to pronounce inconsequential (audio)
: of no significance : unimportant

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
Recent Examples on the Web Whatever rain fell from the clouds was largely inconsequential around the city and to the west. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024 In fact, the entire experience reinforces the idea of Spanish food as enjoyable but ultimately inconsequential. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 19 Feb. 2024 Having dropped eight of their last nine before Thursday’s thrilling win, the Trojans (10-15, 4-10 Pac-12) know the results of the next month are largely inconsequential. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 In opening statements Tuesday, Assistant State Attorney Khalil Quinan told jurors that whether Walton fired the weapon or not was inconsequential. Charles Rabin, Miami Herald, 14 Feb. 2024 The parties are unified behind special forces in more than 100 countries in such remote and inconsequential nations as Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso or Chad. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 2024 On Friday, the Kremlin dismissed the Ukrainian leadership change as inconsequential. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 In focusing on the society kerfuffle between Truman Capote and some of the most powerful women of New York’s upper crust, Baitz has a clash that’s entirely inconsequential and yet cataclysmic within its milieu. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2024 Cory Smythe, himself a composer and improviser of note, proved an ideal conduit, making the distinction between Lewis’s ideas and his own elaborations inconsequential. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Time Traveler
The first known use of inconsequential was in 1823

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“Inconsequential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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in·​con·​se·​quen·​tial (ˌ)in-ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkwen-chəl How to pronounce inconsequential (audio)
: not important

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