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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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 But also gender is not an unimportant part of our band. Bridget Read, Vogue, "A Brief Oral History of Boygenius," 31 Oct. 2018 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

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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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