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insignificant

[in-sig-nif-i-kuh nt] /ˌɪn sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kənt/
adjective
1.
unimportant, trifling, or petty:
Omit the insignificant details.
2.
too small to be important:
an insignificant sum.
3.
of no consequence, influence, or distinction:
a minor, insignificant bureaucrat.
4.
without weight of character; contemptible:
an insignificant fellow.
5.
without meaning; meaningless:
insignificant sounds.
noun
6.
a word, thing, or person without significance.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; in-3 + significant
Related forms
insignificantly, adverb
Synonyms
2. trifling, minute, minuscule, picayune.
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Examples from the web for insignificant
  • But the two or three places a university can provide amount to an insignificant cost.
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  • The environmental and social impacts of all our gadgets are not insignificant.
  • It therefore has a statistically insignificant probability of not sucking.
  • No article of furniture is too insignificant today for decoration.
  • Further, three hundred and twenty one examples are statistically insignificant.
  • The farther you walk, the smaller you become, and the more insignificant your problems.
  • The speed of sound is even more insignificant when compared to the speed of light.
  • L ow-growing shrubs with small, shiny, leathery leaves and insignificant flowers.
British Dictionary definitions for insignificant

insignificant

/ˌɪnsɪɡˈnɪfɪkənt/
adjective
1.
having little or no importance; trifling
2.
almost or relatively meaningless
3.
small or inadequate: an insignificant wage
4.
not distinctive in character, etc
Derived Forms
insignificance, insignificancy, noun
insignificantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insignificant
adj.

1650s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + significant. Related: Insignificantly.

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