from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not significant, especially:
  • adj. Lacking in importance; trivial.
  • adj. Lacking power, position, or value; worthy of little regard.
  • adj. Small in size or amount.
  • adj. Having little or no meaning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not significant; not important, consequential, or having a noticeable effect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not significant; void of signification, sense, or import; meaningless.
  • adj. Having no weight or effect; answering no purpose; unimportant; valueless; futile.
  • adj. Without weight of character or social standing; mean; contemptible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not significant; void of signification; without meaning.
  • Answering no purpose; having no weight or effect; unimportant; trivial.
  • Without weight of character; mean; contemptible: as, an insignificant fellow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. devoid of importance, meaning, or force
  • adj. signifying nothing
  • adj. not worthy of notice
  • adj. of little importance or influence or power; of minor status


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  • _insignificant_ persons; 'consequently, had it been any fault to do so, each alike was caught in that fault; and insignificant as the people might be, if they _could_ be' immortalized, 'then we have Schlosser himself confessing to the possibility that poetic splendor should create a secondary interest where originally there had been none.

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  • For every basis point the market moves, Jefferies said it loses or gains $37,000, which it called insignificant.

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  • If you're wondering who used the other ticket, Caetano says he took what he calls his insignificant other, because his wife is bedridden. Local News

  • Ford is still bumming around the galaxy, but notes his article on a certain insignificant blue-green orb undergoing revision, and Marvin is still Marvin.

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  • A 1792 compilation by several natural historians of insects includes comments such as the following: each insect, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, is "adapted for procuring its particular pleasures" (2); indeed, every insect, like every creature, "was formed for itself, and each allowed to seize as great a quantity of happiness from the universal stock ... each was formed to make the happiness of each" (6).

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  • The other illuminati are equally insignificant from a social point of view: Mary Hare, an elderly spinster; Ruth Godbold, a poor and hard-working housewife; and Alf Dubbo, a part-Aboriginal painter.

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  • At the bottom of the organizational chart is something that is referred to as an insignificant green dot.

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  • "I should like to know what flower you call insignificant," said

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  • But the word insignificant could never have been applied to him.

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  • One might be almost entitled, but for other evidence of the most decisive character, to imagine that the authorities had been misled as to the proper places for casting their nets, so utterly insignificant is the take which they have landed.

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