insignificant

When something is insignificant, it doesn't matter. The fact that your mom gets to school a half hour late becomes insignificant when she announces you're stopping for ice cream on the way home.

The word signify, which is at the heart of insignificant, means "to mean." Significant means "meaningful." Add in- "not," and you have "not meaningful." A company can fire a worker from an insignificant job and still function. In a crisis, your feelings are insignificant; it is your actions that matter.

Definitions of insignificant
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adj signifying nothing

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Synonyms:
meaningless, nonmeaningful
having no meaning or direction or purpose

adj of little importance or influence or power; of minor status

“a minor, insignificant bureaucrat”
Synonyms:
peanut
minor
of lesser importance or stature or rank

adj devoid of importance, meaning, or force

Synonyms:
unimportant
unimportant
not important
meaningless, nonmeaningful
having no meaning or direction or purpose
hole-and-corner, hole-in-corner
relating to the peripheral and unimportant aspects of life
flimsy, fragile, slight, tenuous, thin
lacking substance or significance
inappreciable
too small to make a significant difference
light
having little importance
superficial, trivial
of little substance or significance
Antonyms:
important, significant
important in effect or meaning
important, of import
of great significance or value
meaningful
having a meaning or purpose
momentous
of very great significance
epoch-making, epochal
highly significant or important especially bringing about or marking the beginning of a new development or era
earthshaking, world-shaking, world-shattering
sufficiently significant to affect the whole world
evidential, evidentiary
serving as or based on evidence
fundamental, profound
far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something
large
fairly large or important in effect; influential
monumental
of outstanding significance
noteworthy, remarkable
worthy of notice
probative, probatory
tending to prove a particular proposition or to persuade you of the truth of an allegation
operative
effective; producing a desired effect
portentous, prodigious
of momentous or ominous significance
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adj not worthy of notice

Synonyms:
undistinguished
unnoticeable
not noticeable; not drawing attention

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