in·​sig·​nif·​i·​cance ˌin(t)-sig-ˈni-fi-kən(t)s How to pronounce insignificance (audio)
: 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 Because of the water volume and flow rate, Keith Hannon, the Army Corps’ Connecticut River project manager, told a group of river enthusiasts in East Haddam last month, that herbicide is expected to be quickly diluted to insignificance. Edmund H. Mahony, Hartford Courant, 8 July 2024 Neatly dovetailing all of this is Jaws’s constant stressing the insignificance of human civilization and the puniness of human existence in the face of nature. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 24 June 2024 But Messud is expansive in her descriptions of their insignificance. Emma Alpern, Vulture, 7 May 2024 Bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, communicates only through rare propaganda releases, and al Qaeda’s most powerful offshoot, the Islamic State (or ISIS), has seen its territorial holdings dwindle to insignificance in Iraq and Syria. Elliot Ackerman, Foreign Affairs, 24 Aug. 2021 See all Example Sentences for insignificance 

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Word History

First Known Use

1699, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of insignificance was in 1699

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“Insignificance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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in·​sig·​nif·​i·​cance ˌin(t)-sig-ˈnif-i-kən(t)s How to pronounce insignificance (audio)
: the quality or state of being insignificant

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