un·​im·​por·​tant | \ ˌən-im-ˈpȯr-tᵊnt How to pronounce unimportant (audio) , especially Southern US and New England -tənt, -dənt\

Definition of unimportant

: lacking in importance : not important : minor, trivial unimportant details a relatively unimportant problem

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unimportantly adverb

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Many — or probably most — of the items on this timeline will prove to be unimportant or coincidental. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "A (so far) complete timeline of the investigation into Trump and Russia," 5 Feb. 2018 Set limits: Avoid spending too much time on unimportant stuff like email and social media. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Actually Get Through Your To-Do List," 28 Dec. 2018 There aren’t many reasons to become acquainted with the day-to-day lives of unimportant NPCs, so these routines are easy to miss. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Red Dead Redemption 2 player reveals the surprisingly complex lives of NPCs," 10 Nov. 2018 When the Mostagedda burials were excavated in the 1920s, archaeologists often considered the human remains themselves unimportant, so the mummies remained in Egypt while the textiles went to England for study. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient Egyptians had been making mummies longer than anyone thought," 16 Aug. 2018 The women trapped in these jobs were seen as unimportant, and the work was erroneously believed to be simple. Marie Hicks, The Verge, "The long history behind the Google Walkout," 9 Nov. 2018 Over the years, many conservatives have argued that the degree of inequality in any year’s income statistics is unimportant as long as there is lots of mobility from year to year and from generation to generation. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, "What if Trump Really Wanted to Make America Great Again?," 3 Dec. 2018 This is not to say that leadership never matters, or that good decision-making is unimportant. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "CEOs have never been more idolized. 5 experts explain why that’s a problem.," 29 Nov. 2018 Instead of using a slow shutter speed to harness more light while obscuring the unimportant parts of a scene, Night Sight uses machine learning to adapt to its environs. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Pixel's Night Sight is Declaring War on Flash Photography," 15 Nov. 2018

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1750, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unimportant

: not important


un·​im·​por·​tant | \ ˌən-im-ˈpȯr-tᵊnt\

Kids Definition of unimportant

: not important unimportant details

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