Definitions

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

  • adj. Not important; petty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. petty; not important or noteworthy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not important; not of great moment; of little account.
  • Not assuming or marked by airs of importance or dignity.

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

  • adj. not important
  • adj. devoid of importance, meaning, or force

Etymologies

un- +‎ important (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whether the process of creation took a single week or billions of years is relatively unimportant from a philosophical or theological standpoint.

    Blast From the Past

  • The notion that the worshiper covers the floor surface, making its material composition acoustically unimportant is false.

    Rip up those carpets!

  • As someone noted above, the false positives only come out of the total positives – the example, though not unimportant, is kinda … wrong.

    Matthew Yglesias » Bacterial Fingerprints and Bayes’ Law

  • The MSM has become irreleveant to say Van Jones is unimportant, Rev. Wright is unimportant, Ayers in unimportant, Van Jones is unimportant, increasing the size of government and spending is not important.

    Trippi: GOP trying to turn Obama into another Jimmy Carter

  • The MSM has become irrelevant to say Van Jones is unimportant, Rev. Wright is unimportant, Ayers in unimportant, Van Jones is unimportant, increasing the size of government and spending is not important.

    Trippi: GOP trying to turn Obama into another Jimmy Carter

  • The hope that they will not notice the age-guidance figure, or think it unimportant, is unfounded.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Banishing theology as insignificant and unimportant is no longer a legitimate option in the current post-modern age, when all voices demand an equal if not impartial hearing.

    Answering Questions about ID

  • One often has the feeling that the more trivial and unimportant is the reason for a conflict, the more probable it is for it to degenerate into something serious.

    Totem And Task

  • This is not to say that feedback in unimportant -- far from it.

    last night's debauchery

  • That wouldn't necessarily matter, but the staff tended to fill the void with foam, involving top officers in unimportant details — the mess-hall menu, for instance, or incidents of aggressive driving on the local roads, or some petty fistfight between street thugs in a village far away.

    Peace is Hell

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