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.

Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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.

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.

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

Word Usage

" _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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