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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Compared to the sheer desperation of the narrator’s frame of mind, the details of the murder feel incidental, unimportant. Abhrajyoti Chakraborty, The New Republic, "Natalia Ginzburg’s Radical Clarity," 5 Aug. 2019 This is a very boring and unimportant day in a string of similar ones. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Can a 27-year-old learn to drive in Boston? I was determined to find out," 30 July 2019 While other goals were considered at least moderately important by majorities of Americans, about half called a military presence and space colonies unimportant. Anchorage Daily News, "Poll: Asteroid watch more urgent than Mars trip," 21 June 2019 Not unlike Vice Media, Homegrown is especially known for covering social topics considered taboo or unimportant by mainstream outlets, such as LGBTQ identity, female sexuality, and body image. Aria Thaker, Quartz at Work, "How Indian media company Homegrown imploded in the wake of #MeToo," 11 June 2019 That the play’s sensibilities are rooted in the last century is unimportant. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 35 years ago ‘Big River’ started flowing in La Jolla," 25 June 2019 For one thing, a hitter gets better pitches to drive if ahead in the count, and three-run homers are better than solos, so walks will never be unimportant. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants host Brewers in series that underscores why homers are so important in 2019," 14 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of unimportant

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\

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: not important unimportant details

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