in·​sig·​nif·​i·​cant ˌin(t)-sig-ˈni-fi-kənt How to pronounce insignificant (audio)
: not significant: such as
: lacking meaning or import
: small in size, quantity, or number
: not worth considering : unimportant
: lacking weight, position, or influence : contemptible
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 Calls to pre-emptively stop voter fraud — which historically is statistically insignificant — recently trended on such platforms, according to Pyrra, a company that monitors threats and misinformation. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, 9 Jan. 2024 Now the question is how the team will step back into this other reality with the Feb. 8 trade deadline looming, one that feels relatively insignificant now. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 In 2017, the Constitutional Court ruled that the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) was too insignificant to prohibit, despite meeting the ideological criteria for a ban. Kate Brady, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2024 This resemblance between culture and politics is not insignificant. Armond White, National Review, 19 Jan. 2024 This is not an insignificant development, and serves as yet another illustration of how true accessibility transcends sheer convenience in so many ways. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Roles were set on that first stage, in August, from which there have been insignificant deviations. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 8 Dec. 2023 The endurance of Never Trump Republicans means that a not insignificant number of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney voters, from pundits on down to suburban parents, are now part of the Democratic base and participating in party primaries. Ben Jacobs, The New Republic, 21 Sep. 2023 Compared with this, the opportunity cost of the driving time and a possible wait at the airport are insignificant. WSJ, 28 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insignificant was in 1651

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“Insignificant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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in·​sig·​nif·​i·​cant ˌin(t)-sig-ˈnif-i-kənt How to pronounce insignificant (audio)
: not significant : unimportant
insignificantly adverb

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