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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Recent Examples on the Web But even if the Seahawks could put together the framework of a Wilson-for-Rodgers scenario – and the cap ramifications alone aren't insignificant – Wilson has the power to put the kibosh on it. Nate Davis, USA Today, 1 June 2021 The Crew Dragon had never spent this long in space, attached to the ISS, and while those things might seem insignificant, even the smallest changes are hugely important when a spacecraft is responsible for protecting human lives. Mike Wehner, BGR, 3 May 2021 As much as these conference tournaments might seem insignificant once the bracket is set, the opportunity to hang a championship banner would be a big deal. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2021 This lack of supporting the insightful management might seem insignificant, but in a market with significant, step-functional changes such as autonomous and electric vehicles, retaining talent has become paramount. Steve Tengler, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 The computer processing power needed to mine Bitcoin, Ether and other digital tokens is not insignificant. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Garcetti can eloquently rattle off the successes on homelessness in terms of housing and services provided on his watch, and those achievements are not insignificant. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2021 The historical drop-off in production from a typical Day 1 edge rusher to a typical Day 2 edge rusher is not insignificant. Jonas Shaffer,, 29 Apr. 2021 Opponents, no matter how insignificant in the grand scheme, will use the courts and California’s myriad other means of obstruction to derail building. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of insignificant

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insignificant was in 1651

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5 Jun 2021

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“Insignificant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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