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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 Even the lack of a small, seemingly insignificant part can cause a factory floor to go quiet. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Chinese Car Factories Idled by Virus Raise Risks to Global Growth," 10 Mar. 2020 Another, Indymac, had a not-insignificant $30 billion of assets. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, "The Republican Case for Elizabeth Warren? Here’s the Case against That," 31 Jan. 2020 The opening auction is an insignificant part of daily trading volume. Marcus Ashworth | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "A Shorter Day for Stock Market Traders? It’s a Nice Dream," 8 Nov. 2019 The effort has been particularly pronounced in Moscow, where the opposition is concentrated and the Kremlin appears determined to prevent any of its most vocal critics from gaining political office, no matter how insignificant. Neil Macfarquhar,, "With pickets, Russian protesters look to sustain momentum," 17 Aug. 2019 That honesty appears to be a not insignificant part of why Coats was shoved aside, and ultimately out the door. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Danger of John Ratcliffe," 30 July 2019 The China study of 237 patients found that the median time for those who received remdesivir to show clinical improvement was 21 days, compared to 23 days in a control group — a difference that researchers said was statistically insignificant. J.d. Morris,, "Gilead drug remdesivir shows promise in two coronavirus trials," 29 Apr. 2020 But whether investors reap those rewards through dividends, stock price appreciation or buybacks is economically insignificant, their work suggested. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "A Big, Once-Reliable Source of Investor Cash Is Drying Up," 24 Apr. 2020 My workplace problem is extremely insignificant and frankly embarrassing in the scheme of things. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Office lunch run leaves one co-worker out," 8 Apr. 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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19 May 2020

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“Insignificant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 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

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