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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 of insignificant
1620-1630
1620-30; in-3 + significant
Related forms
insignificantly, adverb
Synonyms
2. trifling, minute, minuscule, picayune.
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  • It must be remembered that Bohemia is no insignificant part of the empire.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • All precepts, all religions, are insignificant agencies by their side.

  • And also one felt the absurdity of living upon flat ground, where life must be an insignificant thing.

    The Lost Prince Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • That Mlle. Bernhardt should be insignificant does not much matter.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • But all these troubles were insignificant when compared with the great grief that came to him that same day.

    The Blue Dragon Kirk Munroe
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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