in·​sig·​nif·​i·​cant | \ˌin(t)-sig-ˈni-fi-kənt \

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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The opinions of the politicians are completely insignificant. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Lacy J. Dalton still making good music after all these years," 14 June 2018 The 52 percent isn’t an insignificant number, though — that’s the percentage of white women who voted for Trump. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Donald Trump Messed Up His Statistic About the Number of Women Who Voted for Him," 11 Mar. 2018 In part, this can be attributed to the fact that the majority of migrants are adults, but still more than 113,000 migrant children were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2014—not an insignificant number. Alice Driver, Longreads, "The Mutilated and the Disappeared," 31 Jan. 2018 The poll showed Kemp ahead of Abrams 47.7 percent to 46.3 percent, a statistically insignificant difference within the poll’s 2.8 percentage point margin of error. Fox News, "Video from 2011 creates headaches for Sinema," 12 Oct. 2018 In a 10-year study published earlier this year by Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, Ferguson and his coauthors found that other forms of violent play, such as toy guns, were similarly insignificant in their ability to predict violent outcomes. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Following Trump's Meeting on Violent Video Games, Experts Explain What the Research Really Shows," 14 Mar. 2018 The analysis from the nonpartisan think tank also found that any savings would be relatively insignificant for families making less than $182,000 a year. James Dawson, idahostatesman, "Senate vote means tax cuts are ahead for many Idahoans | Idaho Statesman," 1 Mar. 2018 And yet, my hurt and sadness seems insignificant to that of what their wives and families must be feeling. Char Adams,, "Best Friends Fall to Their Deaths While Rock Climbing in Yosemite National Park," 4 June 2018 After Justify took home the 2018 Kentucky Derby title and his owner's received $1.24 million for their $500,000 investment, a Texas woman made that payout seem insignificant. Nihal Kolur,, "Woman Bets $18 on Kentucky Derby Pick 5, Wins $1.2 Million," 7 May 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 \

Kids Definition of insignificant

: not important an insignificant change

Other Words from insignificant

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