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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Changing the description of the fictitious past participants so that they were asked about an unrelated ethical issue reduced the bias to statistically insignificant noise. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "People adopt made-up social rules to be part of a group," 28 Dec. 2018 While fast-fashion can be fun and addictive, much of it is also responsible for a not insignificant amount of environmental degradation, from the ways it’s produced to the chemicals used in dyeing and processing it. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "6 Ways You Can Be More Eco-Friendly Right This Second," 15 Jan. 2019 There’s also the not insignificant matter of what kind of environment customers are willing to tolerate. James Freeman, WSJ, "Tragedy of the Starbucks Commons," 10 Jan. 2019 That's not an insignificant point for Saban to make given the depth situation that only gets thinner without Minshew coming this summer. Michael Casagrande,, "Nick Saban has a message for those making a big deal of Alabama QB battle," 21 Mar. 2018 Javier Zarracina/Vox By weight, human beings are insignificant. Brian Resnick, Vox, "10 science stories in 2018 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”," 18 Dec. 2018 Critics have said potential travelers to the United States from those two countries are insignificant. New York Times, "Trump’s Travel Ban: How It Works and Who Is Affected," 1 July 2018 The arm takes the weight of the weapon, which in the case of the M249 pounds is a not-insignificant 22 pounds, fully loaded. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Army Developing a Sci-Fi Robo Arm to Help Soldiers Carry Heavy Weapons," 28 Mar. 2017 Dynamic Foveated Rendering would theoretically boost performance of those mobile experiences a not-insignificant amount. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "HTC reveals two new VR headsets, the untethered Vive Cosmos and gaze-tracking Vive Pro Eye," 7 Jan. 2019

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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

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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