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

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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.
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Russia, the most obvious challenger to the geopolitical order, was an insignificant and diminishing player economically. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Geopolitics Trumps the Markets," 29 Oct. 2018 Contraceptive care is not an insignificant or minor component to women’s health care. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here's What a 'Domestic Gag Rule' on Abortion Would Actually Mean for All of Us," 22 Feb. 2019 According to Love the Sales' research, Markle has spent more than $500,000 on her maternity outfits so far, which is no insignificant figure. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Here's How Much Meghan Markle Has Spent on Her Maternity Wardrobe," 23 Mar. 2019 For, when all was said and done, death was just that, death: an inconvenient, insignificant interruption of the grand, forever unfolding spectacle of life. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘Georg Forster’ Review: In Search of Earthly Paradise," 22 Feb. 2019 The electrical load from the headlights is an insignificant addition to what the alternator is doing anyway. Ray Magliozzi,, "Car Talk: Neighbor's Dangerous Habit Is Driving With His Lights Off," 15 June 2018 But the Marlins caused enough damage offensively in the first three innings to render the blast insignificant and added insurance runs late to cement their 20th win. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins jump on Padres early, coast to 7-2 victory," 28 May 2018 The losses from the demolition of the village would include a Romanesque church that is around 800 years old—not insignificant in a country where wartime bombings destroyed many medieval buildings. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Germany Finds Local Coal Filthy and Irresistible," 10 Oct. 2018 Changing the description of the fictitious past participants so that they were asked about an unrelated ethical issue reduced the bias to statistically insignificant noise. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "People adopt made-up social rules to be part of a group," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of insignificant

1651, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of insignificant

: small or unimportant : not significant


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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a strong desire or propensity

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