in·​con·​se·​quen·​tial | \ (ˌ)in-ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkwen(t)-shəl How to pronounce inconsequential (audio) \

Definition of inconsequential

1 : of no significance : unimportant

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Other Words from inconsequential

inconsequentiality \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkän(t)-​sə-​ˌkwen(t)-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inconsequential (audio) \ noun
inconsequentially \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkän(t)-​sə-​ˈkwen(t)-​shlē How to pronounce inconsequential (audio) , -​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
Recent Examples on the Web In the context of 1972, with Mr. Nixon’s triumphal visit to China and a steam-rolling presidential campaign that soon crushed the Democrat, Senator George S. McGovern, the Watergate case looked inconsequential at first. New York Times, "G. Gordon Liddy, Mastermind Behind Watergate Burglary, Dies at 90," 30 Mar. 2021 But these prejudices are rendered almost inconsequential when compared with the prejudice reinforced by the might of an empire or a powerful country. Aatish Taseer, Travel + Leisure, "From James Baldwin to V. S. Naipaul, the Greatest Travel Writers Have Always Brought Multiple Perspectives," 27 Mar. 2021 That riff on the inconsequential by-standing, though, was comedic of intent, absurdistly so. Chris Jones,, "Review: ‘I, Banquo’ at Chicago Shakespeare Theater heaps bitterness on fate and ‘Macbeth’," 22 Mar. 2021 That might seem like a tiny, inconsequential detail. Chris Smith, BGR, "New Pixel 6 leak reveals an important design change," 11 Mar. 2021 These genetic changes appeared inconsequential at first. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "Booster Shots Against Scary COVID Virus Variants Are In the Works," 18 Feb. 2021 In the other, Democrats had been trying to get Trump for years and had finally latched on to an inconsequential incident, staging a witch trial to get rid of the President. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Trial of Donald Trump Must Tell the Full Story of the Capitol Insurrection," 15 Jan. 2021 There is the not inconsequential matter of trade compensation, which would involve a package that included multiple first-round picks. Eric Branch,, "Deshaun Watson saga an example of why 49ers won’t fully commit to Jimmy Garoppolo," 12 Jan. 2021 More often than not, having a crush on a person feels inconsequential, a small blip compared to the gravity of the rest of the world's current affairs. Ineye Komonibo,, "Crushing On Someone? Here’s How To “Be Cool” Like LOONY," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of inconsequential

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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11 Apr 2021

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“Inconsequential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inconsequential

formal : not important

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