• WordNet 3.6
    • adj insignificant not worthy of notice
    • adj insignificant of little importance or influence or power; of minor status "a minor, insignificant bureaucrat","peanut politicians"
    • adj insignificant signifying nothing "insignificant sounds"
    • adj insignificant devoid of importance, meaning, or force
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Insignificant Having no weight or effect; answering no purpose; unimportant; valueless; futile. "Laws must be insignificant without the sanction of rewards and punishments."
    • Insignificant Not significant; void of signification, sense, or import; meaningless; as, insignificant words.
    • Insignificant Without weight of character or social standing; mean; contemptible; as, an insignificant person.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • insignificant Not significant; void of signification; without meaning.
    • insignificant Answering no purpose; having no weight or effect; unimportant; trivial.
    • insignificant Without weight of character; mean; contemptible: as, an insignificant fellow. Synonyms Immaterial, inconsiderable, trifling, paltry, petty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Insignificant in-sig-nif′i-kant destitute of meaning: without effect: unimportant: petty
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  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”
  • Joseph Bayly
    Joseph Bayly
    “Death is the great adventure beside which moon landings and space trips pale into insignificance.”
  • Charles Horton Cooley
    “There is hardly any one so insignificant that he does not seem imposing to some one at some time.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The first thing a great person does, is make us realize the insignificance of circumstance.”
  • Norman Mailer
    “What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil.”
  • John F. Boyes
    John F. Boyes
    “Strict punctuality is perhaps the cheapest virtue which can give force to an otherwise utterly insignificant character.”


In literature:

What matter its importance or its insignificancy, so that it be just.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
But, insignificant though it be in size, it holds the place of honor, nearest to the sun.
"Other Worlds" by Garrett P. Serviss
How tame and insignificant are these compared with the oak!
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
In ordinary acting versions these three parts sink into insignificance.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
The Congress, forty years ago, was a body insignificant in its relations with the masses of the people, in comparison with what it is to-day.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O" by Various
See the importance of Fernhurst, and the insignificance of yourself.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
The bashfulness, the modesty, the insignificance of the girl impressed him.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
That was the question that once more assailed her as she saw herself sink into insignificance beside Mildred and Dorothy.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Because Ellis's poems are short and abstract, the critics think them comparatively insignificant and dull.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
Nothing on its face was more insignificant than they.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
These were very insignificant in nature.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
Man feels so completely his insignificance, and the vastness of nature.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
Ultimately he was awarded only an insignificant sum.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
Henceforth the navy played a subordinate though not insignificant part in the campaign.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
Besides Fanny, even Martha West seemed to fade into insignificance.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
In a month from that time he was the power that moved that community even in its most insignificant machinery.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
Day got up in his pyjamas, an insignificant figure of a man without his important uniform.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
Too late she learned that he was weak, insignificant, and, like her own father, no 'count.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
Their first step had been the dirigibles: their second was a blow which paled the other into insignificance.
"Raiders Invisible" by Desmond Winter Hall
In any case, they sank into comparatively utter insignificance.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 33, November 1877" by Various

In poetry:

Thy mighty head is crowned with foam,
And rainbows wreathe thy robes of blue;
Our earthly forms - our present home -
Are insignificant to you.
"Niagra Falls" by Thomas Frederick Young
Towards the tail of the everlasting procession
In the long hot night, mere dancers from insignificant
And smaller, more frightened elephants.
"Elephant" by D H Lawrence
Who will grieve for this woman? Does she not seem
too insignificant for our concern?
Yet in my heart I never will deny her,
who suffered death because she chose to turn.
"Lot's Wife" by Anna Akhmatova
Proud from yon cloud-crowned height to look henceforth
On insignificance that peoples earth,
Recalling oft the bitter draft which turns
The mind to meditate on what it learns.
"Old Man Of The Mountain" by Mary Baker Eddy
And the malice of death. For the wicked card is dealt and
The sinister tall-hatted botanist stoops at the spring
With his insignificant phial and looses
The plague on the ignorant town.
"As We Like It" by W H Auden
To serve for common duty, while the brain
Is hot with high desire to be distinct;
To fill the sand-grain place among the stones
That build the social wall in million sameness,
Is life by leave, and death by insignificance.
"Living" by John Boyle O Reilly

In news:

Eighteen is not an insignificant number for Lauren Alaina.
Profiles in Insignificance Weighs in on Paul Ryan.
John Wilcock – The Column of Lasting Insignificance .
How much is "not an insignificant amount".
Bowden's son calls record ' insignificant '.
Clarke says Obama protection an ' insignificant issue'.
Russian cheating on START is insignificant .
The Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move that looked like a big deal Saturday night, but it's really insignificant.
How much is "not an insignificant amount ".
The Internet Map Shows Just How Insignificant Your Blog Really Is.
Our country's fixation with insignificant trivia never ceases to amaze me.
Like most insignificant crimes this went unreported.
Coach Mike McCarthy won't say how long he plans to play some of his top players Sunday, but the Green Bay Packers could be without at least one notable veteran in their mostly insignificant regular-season finale .
The most "insignificant" or ridiculous reason you were let go from a job.
As a result, what could be big savings remain relatively insignificant.

In science:

We want to emphasize that at very high energy, compared to the energy scale V in the system, when multiple scattering and the new phase becomes insignificant, we recover Friedel sum rule perfectly.
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems
For nonmagnetic primaries, the accreted fraction is very small, and the gravitational energy is an insignificant heating source spread over a large fraction of the white dwarf surface.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
This is insufficient for a complete picture: We have seen in our examples that the effect of the crystal field on the Wannier densities causes remarkably insignificant variations of the SIC correction to the eigenvalue.
Self-interaction correction with Wannier functions
The equipment has been designed to provide sufficient signal–to–noise ratio to render the error due to noise insignificant.
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas
From Figure it is observed that both Υ(50) and Υ(75) do not exceed their initial values at the whole range of elongation steps while the maximum of Υ(300) that it is produced is insignificant.
"D-Dimond1", Prototype Antenna RGA-05
For the gold incorporated surface models we kept ions, only in the central TiO2 layer, fixed to their bulk positions because the forces on these remain to be insignificantly small in all of the calculations.
Modification of anatase TiO$_2$(001) surface electronic structure by Au impurity
What is happened with the SSO after that, as a storm is ended? A part of its immerses on some depth and it will be not prove themselves nothing before the next storm, which will be able to extract its on the OS. Another part of its and in first of all the HFC will insignificantly to tower above the OS.
Skeletal Structures of the Ocean, Hypotheses and Interpretation of the Phenomenon
Claims that polycyclic logging may lead to deterioration of the forest due to the progressive removal of the better genotypes have been refuted by Whitmore (1984), who argued that this was insignificant and academic.
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
Frisch can argue that CED is inconsistent because the self-force is always insignificant in the relevant domain, even though the self-fields are not. Belot seems to be suggesting that for Frisch a theory will include a categorical statement just because some theoretical feature is only sometimes ignored.
Frisch, Muller and Belot on an Inconsistency in Classical Electrodynamics
The number of island grows quickly within the deposition of as little as a few percent of a monolayer, after which it changes insignificantly [100]. This is simply a consequence of the fact that the adatom density at the surface is reduced (at fixed flux) as the step edge and island densities increase.
Recent advances in pulsed-laser deposition of complex-oxides
There are three items where differential item functioning is significant (, #7, #9, and #15), there are three items where boys’ response times were by more than 30% shorter than girls’, and only one item (#25) where girls responded to the item (insignificantly) faster.
Test item response time and the response likelihood
When additional confounders (such as location of corresponding author and time of submission) were added to model, citation effect became insignificant.
Studies on access: a review
Here both the level and shape components are insignificant (both p-values equal 0.2061) while the global test is significant (p-value 0.0243).
Validation of credit default probabilities via multiple testing procedures
While this error is not insignificant when attempting to resolve small changes, it was a substantial improvement over the old flow meter.
Measurements of SCRF cavity dynamic heat load in horizontal test system
Gel stability was also checked by examining long (10 cm) gels, where length changes of 1% or less could be measured with high accuracy. Again, less than 2% variation was observed over a period of two hours. During the two-minute period of the exclusion transient, then, shrinkage was quantitatively insignificant.
Long-range forces extending from polymer-gel surfaces