in·​sig·​nif·​i·​cant | \ ˌin(t)-sig-ˈni-fi-kənt How to pronounce insignificant (audio) \

Definition of insignificant

: not significant: such as
a : lacking meaning or import
b : small in size, quantity, or number
c : not worth considering : unimportant
d : lacking weight, position, or influence : contemptible

Other Words from insignificant

insignificantly adverb

Examples of insignificant in a Sentence

They lost an insignificant amount of money. Looking up at the stars always makes me feel so small and insignificant. These problems are not insignificant.
Recent Examples on the Web Taking stock in small and seemingly insignificant social exchanges. Kara Dennison, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Disproportionate inflation in the cost of college has caused fewer students to take on part-time jobs, since the income seems so insignificant in comparison. WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 Granted, this was a very limited and unscientific poll, but that's no insignificant amount of time. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 27 Dec. 2021 These issues persisted for weeks—not an insignificant amount of time for a fish that lives for about a year. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 17 Dec. 2021 Until recently, the Spotify for Artists tool indicates that Urbina was bringing in around 50,000 streams a day on Spotify, a not insignificant amount. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 7 Dec. 2021 The league was so insignificant that my aspiration was to play for the Harlem Globetrotters — or go to business school. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2021 Did anything so relatively insignificant as my grandfather’s ethnicity even matter? Rebecca Hall, Vogue, 31 Oct. 2021 None of these costs are insignificant, and they're all reflected at the pump. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 10 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of insignificant

1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Insignificant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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in·​sig·​nif·​i·​cant | \ ˌin-sig-ˈni-fi-kənt How to pronounce insignificant (audio) \

Kids Definition of insignificant

: not important an insignificant change

Other Words from insignificant

insignificantly adverb

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