un·​im·​por·​tant | \ˌən-im-ˈpȯr-tᵊnt, 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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The clear subtext: This girl with Down syndrome's plight is unimportant. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Corey Lewandowski’s predictably idiotic Down-syndrome gaffe," 20 June 2018 Stubborn interests are part of what makes a dad a weird one, though the actual nature of these interests is unimportant. Jen Gann, The Cut, "Watching My Husband Become a Weird Dad," 14 June 2018 Forced errors are left off because they are seen as ambiguous or unimportant. Craig O’shannessy, New York Times, "Why the Forced Error Does Not Get Its Due in Tennis," 8 June 2018 Speaking through an interpreter for about 10 minutes, Saipov said the decisions of a U.S. court were unimportant to him. CBS News, "Man charged in NYC bike path killings invokes "Allah" and defends ISIS in court," 23 June 2018 The weirdness may not be monumental, only peculiarities in relatively unimportant happenings. Marcy Meffert, San Antonio Express-News, "It’s not you; it’s the Twilight Zone and your pills," 22 June 2018 The battle over Attu proved to be militarily unimportant to the rest of the war, possibly why it's forgotten today. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Louisiana soldier killed during training in Texas is laid to rest: report," 28 May 2018 But money is not entirely unimportant to the 23-year-old and his representatives. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mariners, a finalist for Shohei Ohtani, trade for more bonus money while Padres remain capped," 7 Dec. 2017 Your creativity surges and allows you to take a new look at what previously seemed boring and unimportant. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of unimportant

1750, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of unimportant

: not important unimportant details

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