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 Then came the pandemic, which pushed these not-insignificant problems almost entirely out of mind. Tyler Aquilina,, "Will vinyl survive the pandemic?," 23 June 2020 The flowers are small and insignificant, if present at all. Dallas News, "Evergreen viburnum has many names — and many uses," 22 June 2020 And when internal investigations do find officer wrongdoing, the punishment is insignificant. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Critical assessment of Vallejo police no surprise to city’s residents," 15 June 2020 Verizon's Young went on to add: Sites such as utilize limited crowdsourced data drawn from sample social posts which are often statistically insignificant or factually incorrect. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, "Issues with T-Mobile, Verizon or AT&T today? It may just be T-Mobile.," 15 June 2020 Body roll is minimal, brake dive almost insignificant. Steve Spence, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1997 Honda CR-V Launches Honda into the SUV Race," 9 June 2020 Both the Zogby poll and the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed that President Trump dropped an insignificant amount. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Two polls show Trump approval holding steady, but not CNN’s survey," 8 June 2020 The movie manages to feel both ponderous and enigmatic, remaining light without feeling insignificant, comfortable with being a ruminative rom-com. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Elisabeth Moss invokes ‘Shirley’ to fiery life," 5 June 2020 Interbrain coherence was insignificant during the early part of each piece and greatest toward its end. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Music Synchronizes the Brains of Performers and Their Audience," 2 June 2020

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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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28 Jun 2020

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“Insignificant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of insignificant

: small or unimportant : not significant


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Kids Definition of insignificant

: not important an insignificant change

Other Words from insignificant

insignificantly adverb

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