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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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 Such minor shifts in gun buying habits might seem insignificant, but that is how cultural change occurs. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "The debate rages, but one gun store owner is seeing a change in tone after the Parkland shootings," 13 Mar. 2018 The report said damage was localized and limited, with an insignificant impact on labor in October and November. Mark Glover, sacbee, "Economic impact of wildfires ‘overblown,’ says wine industry," 24 Jan. 2018 Theroux’s trains were filled with characters — he was uninterested in sights — and his sentences crammed with the small, seemingly insignificant details that bring a place to life. Thomas Swick, Longreads, "Letters from Trenton," 5 July 2018 But the Marlins caused enough damage offensively in the first three innings to render Reyes' blast as 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 But other details suggest $60,00 to $200,000 isn’t an insignificant sum for the Kavanaughs. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Kavanaugh Ran Up Huge Credit Card Debt From Baseball Tickets, White House Says," 12 July 2018 That’s not an insignificant example for a team that one day expects to worry about how to handle success. David Haugh,, "No apology necessary: White Sox All-Star Jose Abreu worth keeping more than trading," 11 July 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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