in·​sig·​nif·​i·​cance | \ ˌin(t)-sig-ˈni-fi-kən(t)s How to pronounce insignificance (audio) \

Definition of insignificance

: the quality or state of being insignificant

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Examples of insignificance in a Sentence

a tabloid newspaper devoted to people and events of astonishing insignificance
Recent Examples on the Web Samsung’s market share in China has dwindled to near insignificance as competitors like Huawei and Xiaomi got the upper hand. Washington Post, "Samsung ends smartphone phone production in China," 4 Oct. 2019 But Fitch, who is being inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame on Friday in Springfield, had one final coaching feat in a career filled with rescuing franchises from the depths of despair and insignificance to respectability. Gary Washburn,, "Bill Fitch’s last coaching job may have been his best," 4 Sep. 2019 The great danger is that, in America’s two-party system, standing outside a party means relegating yourself and your movement to insignificance. Lucy Steigerwald, The New Republic, "Justin Amash and the Libertarian Future," 29 July 2019 And, for most of us, learning how to be happy actually means coming to terms with our own insignificance. Chris Jones,, "Now in Chicago, ’The Band’s Visit’ dares to tell a story of lonely hearts too old for love," 5 Sep. 2019 Daughters and sons should call home in gratitude for the relative insignificance of their own parents’ sins. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Otherhood,’ despite the presence of Felicity Huffman and pals, disappoints," 1 Aug. 2019 There is escapist entertainment, the value of which lies precisely in its ultimate insignificance, serving as a kind of release valve for the pressure of our day-to-day lives. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Winning the Peace," 10 May 2019 Feeling the sting of insignificance—rare in this age of narcissism—while observing the migration of 1.5 million wildebeests. Digesting the necessary cruelty of the hyena kill. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 The Nazi subplot, central to Kaplan's book, also melts away into insignificance here. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Damascus Cover': Film Review," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of insignificance

1699, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insignificance was in 1699

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12 Jan 2020

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“Insignificance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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in·​sig·​nif·​i·​cance | \ ˌin-sig-ˈni-fi-kəns How to pronounce insignificance (audio) \

Kids Definition of insignificance

: the quality or state of being unimportant

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