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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Any tip is followed up on, no matter how small or insignificant. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "Parents, investigators still searching seven years after Pennsylvania woman Kortne Stouffer disappeared," 9 July 2019 These Irish wakes of the global economy can accomplish a few not insignificant goals. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Why you should totally go to the pub with your mates when you’ve just been laid off," 8 July 2019 Most researchers chalked these cases up to experimental error, or dismissed them as insignificant outliers. Quanta Magazine, "The Shape-Shifting Army Inside Your Cells," 18 Jan. 2017 However, states are finding the tax revenue generated by sports betting has been small, accounting for an almost insignificant part of their state budgets. Wayne Parry,, "US sports bets hit $9 billion a year after court ruling," 13 June 2019 To be frank, her writings were insignificant, both in quantity and in quality. Sarah Vitali, Harper's magazine, "Kill Your Darlings," 10 May 2019 Creature comforts: Porters also transport private tents with toilets between each campsite, which may seem insignificant prior to your climb, but feels like an incredible luxury after a couple of days on the trail. National Geographic, "Climbing to the Roof of Africa with National Geographic," 26 Mar. 2019 On paper, the consequences of this election are fairly insignificant. Alex Seitz-wald, NBC News, "Why Republicans are so nervous about this race in ‘Trump Country’," 11 Mar. 2018 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

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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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