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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Other Words from unimportant

unimportantly adverb

Examples of unimportant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one sense, the fact that the U.S. government is no longer bound by its Paris Agreement commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions is unimportant. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "Power shift: How America’s retreat is reshaping global affairs," 26 June 2020 As Snopes points out, the fact that Oswald was Southern is unimportant because Kennedy’s assassination was not motivated by a regional divide. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: A 1964 conspiracy theory misrepresents Lincoln and Kennedy's similarities," 7 June 2020 The pandemic has robbed us of an answer for now (admittedly an unimportant theft when so many lives are being lost and people sickened around the world). Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants Splash: Old-school baseball rides again as SF nostalgia rules airwaves," 8 Apr. 2020 In a way, talking about what comes next for IU basketball — for any sports franchise, organization or entity — feels unimportant. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "NCAA tournament dreams dashed, IU ventures into college basketball's uncertain offseason," 16 Mar. 2020 In the days to come, people will be keen to tell you that Garoppolo’s 1-of-6, one-interception, zero-yard, three-series game against Denver is unimportant, ignorable. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: You can’t brush off Jimmy Garoppolo’s horrible preseason debut," 19 Aug. 2019 That doesn’t mean Saban’s call was unimportant, though. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Leadership of Nick Saban important in crisis," 3 Apr. 2020 In her account, Warren grew up modestly, in a conservative and unimportant place, wanting simple things (a husband, a child, a teaching job). Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Elizabeth Warren’s American Leadership," 6 Mar. 2020 Evolution of my mulching knowledge began by listening to nurserymen and landscape contractors who thought mulching was unimportant. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "You’ve probably been given bad mulching advice. Here’s what we know now," 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unimportant

1750, in the meaning defined above

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“Unimportant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unimportant. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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