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 Some economists, such as Robert Gordon of Northwestern University, argue that driverless cars, 3D printers and so on pale into insignificance compared with the fruits of previous industrial revolutions, such as mass production (see Free exchange). The Economist, "Emerging economies are experiencing a prolonged productivity slowdown," 18 Jan. 2020 Yet the scene, for all its dramatic insignificance, also sets up a fundamental misogynist dichotomy that’s at the core of the film: the division of women into two camps, mothers and whores. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Unintentional Politics of Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell”," 12 Dec. 2019 The British troupe’s sketches include gluttony, birth control and total insignificance. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of insignificance

1699, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jan 2020

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“Insignificance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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: the quality or state of being unimportant

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