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 Reducing that average by four percent — or $216 — might seem inconsequential. Howard Husock, National Review, "California vs. Charitable Giving," 26 Apr. 2021 Certainly, by the standards of the cinematic mainstream, the lives in question are as small, inconsequential and dramatically unpromising as that cloud of sand. Los Angeles Times, "Why Chloé Zhao’s historic best director Oscar win matters," 25 Apr. 2021 After a 2020 filled with uncertainty and fear—living abroad during a pandemic comes with its own special anxieties—practicing this response in a safe and inconsequential environment is dire for people like me. Zoë Hannah, Wired, "Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality," 12 Apr. 2021 The unimportant and inconsequential have retreated silently into the sidelines of our existence. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "On the clock: How the clock became king," 29 Mar. 2021 The most agonizing shots in the film might be those of a bulldozer carrying off the small, seemingly inconsequential pile of wood and rugs that was once this family’s home. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Acasa, My Home Shows the Poetry and Peril of a Life Off the Grid," 16 Jan. 2021 The gorgeous record found tonal balance through the mayhem of recent months, when the project suddenly seemed inconsequential to its creators and, therefore, more like a refuge. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "My Thirty Favorite Albums of 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 But that assignment seems inconsequential now compared to what awaits Hoyer in his new position as Cubs president of baseball operations. Mark Gonzales,, "Franchise-altering roster decisions await Jed Hoyer as the Chicago Cubs’ new baseball boss," 19 Nov. 2020 The gross disparities not only in workout facilities for the women but in everything — as inconsequential as swag bags to as deeply important as COVID-19 testing. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Women's tournament exposed NCAA's sexism, but will the calls for change be heard?," 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of inconsequential

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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The first known use of inconsequential was in 1823

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5 May 2021

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“Inconsequential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inconsequential

formal : not important

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