Definition of insignificant in English:



  • 1Too small or unimportant to be worth consideration.

    ‘the sum required was insignificant compared with military spending’
    • ‘No matter what the outcome, no-one should ever feel that their view is too small, unimportant or insignificant for them to put it forward and have their voice heard.’
    • ‘What America is tasting now is something insignificant compared to what we have tasted for scores of years.’
    • ‘He pointed out levels are insignificant compared with parts of Devon and Cornwall where more than 30 per cent of houses are affected.’
    • ‘The value of their lives is insignificant, compared to the value of our rights and freedoms.’
    • ‘Again she was frustrated as the money was insignificant compared to her so-called husband's supposed worth.’
    • ‘Getting a particular letter out is insignificant compared to finding ways and means of making your office run smoothly.’
    • ‘Only an insignificant amount of the mass of the atom is associated with electrons, so the mass of the atom also stays essentially the same.’
    • ‘The post-socialization troubles of the Chinese countryside were insignificant compared with those experienced by the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘It is surely possible to imagine a culture, for instance, in which race would be an unimportant, insignificant characteristic of individuals.’
    • ‘One of the crucial aspects that I like to point out is that crime in Namibia is insignificant compared with that in South Africa, for instance.’
    • ‘However, these seem to me to be insignificant factors compared to the factors that weigh in favour of sending the matter to the Federal Court.’
    • ‘He would not have said the life of one refugee is insignificant compared to the overall problem.’
    • ‘The cost is insignificant compared to the joy it brings.’
    • ‘All that is insignificant compared to what his family has faced.’
    • ‘But today indictments can appear insignificant compared to the ongoing threat.’
    • ‘Don't think that local elections are measly, insignificant, and not worth your time.’
    • ‘This has led to a saving of over 100 requests a month our current daily workload which, if translated into money, is not an insignificant amount.’
    • ‘Watercraft skills are a necessity but any swim, no matter how small or insignificant, is worth a try, even if only for a couple of minutes or a single trot.’
    • ‘I now realise that charges are but an insignificant issue compared to the ongoing uncertainty about what am I going to get when I reach retirement.’
    • ‘The pensioners' Christmas bonus, was, in that overall scheme, an insignificant measure that amounted to a token of the government's intent.’
    unimportant, of minor importance, of no importance, of little importance, of little import, trivial, trifling, footling, negligible, inconsequential, of little consequence, of no consequence, of no account, of no moment, inconsiderable, not worth mentioning, not worth speaking of, nugatory, meagre, paltry, scanty, petty, insubstantial, unsubstantial, flimsy, frivolous, pointless, worthless, irrelevant, immaterial, peripheral, extraneous, non-essential
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) without power or influence.
      ‘she was so small and insignificant’
      • ‘But the Shadow had shown them that they were still insignificant and easily crushed.’
      • ‘By the way, this is not to say that Chinese bloggers are totally insignificant and negligible.’
      • ‘You have to persuade them that they are insignificant and powerless so they will live their lives in accordance with that.’
      • ‘He was insignificant in every way and consequently I didn't pay much attention to him.’
      • ‘And the most startling thing was to learn suddenly that he was very insignificant.’
      • ‘We were too insignificant to worry about and the war hurt everybody.’
      • ‘I really did think their influence had waned to a point where they were as insignificant as they deserved to be.’
      • ‘I am very scared, and very lonely, and I feel petty and insignificant.’
      • ‘They are pretty insignificant politically, and located too far away for anyone to really bother.’
      • ‘But I rest easy in the knowledge that we are insignificant in the grand scheme of things.’
      • ‘We become stuck in the sameness of reality, because if reality is concrete, obviously I am insignificant.’
      • ‘Never believe that you are too insignificant to make a difference.’
      • ‘Why should those people give them respect and they are insignificant, you know, in their number and in their impact, you know, to the community.’
      • ‘It would show that while we are insignificant in the universe, we understand how we came to be.’
      • ‘I may not have the ability to hide Rose or sneak her away from the dark wizard's lethal intent, but I was insignificant.’
      • ‘Because you are insignificant, the emperor in your heart can only be the dictator of one person, and that person is yourself.’
      • ‘They bow right over so their face is touching the ground because they know they are insignificant in the grand scheme of things, they are miniscule compared to God.’
      • ‘Jesus is saying to us that we matter in God's eyes, we are not insignificant.’
      • ‘Though Lawrence serves as an example of what might have happened to Macdonald, he is historically insignificant.’
      • ‘He was insignificant, so that no one would remember or notice, which is why he was perfect for his job.’
  • 2Meaningless.

    ‘insignificant yet enchanting phrases’
    • ‘It involved handing them a sheet with two short and insignificant phrases.’