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

Examples of insignificance in a Sentence

a tabloid newspaper devoted to people and events of astonishing insignificance
Recent Examples on the Web In another sense, those costs, in their very insignificance, do affect economic decisions. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 In recent years, some market pros have wondered if that role had shrunk to near insignificance, given the increasing dominance of institutional investors and the share of stock-exchange volume coming from high-frequency trading. Mark Hulbert, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 The Oscars telecast may have suddenly become newsworthy again, but the Oscars themselves — the winning performers, artists and films — all but faded into insignificance. Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 The cinematographer Ari Wegner’s camera will occasionally zoom out for massive aerial shots that underline the insignificance of the people milling among the mountains, trying to make something of themselves. David Sims, The Atlantic, 3 Dec. 2021 Since then, however, as the memory of the vaccine success faded, the gap between the two parties has once again steadily narrowed, disappearing into statistical insignificance in recent weeks. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2021 America’s most popular film genre, but that fact almost pales into insignificance given his instinctive sense of visual rhythm, proportion and kinetic flow, his gift for orchestrating moments that trigger near-Pavlovian bursts of feeling. Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2021 In such a scenario, the strategic stakes surrounding Chinese occupation of Taiwan would fade to insignificance in Washington compared with the prospect of nuclear warheads detonating on U.S. soil. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 15 June 2021 However, fear of insignificance is rooted in insecurity, which job loss and isolation trigger. Bryan Pearson, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of insignificance

1699, in the meaning defined above

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“Insignificance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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: the quality or state of being unimportant

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