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
  1. adjective
    signifying nothing
    insignificant sounds”
    Synonyms:
    meaningless, nonmeaningful
    having no meaning or direction or purpose
  2. adjective
    of little importance or influence or power; of minor status
    “a minor, insignificant bureaucrat”
    synonyms: peanut
    minor
    of lesser importance or stature or rank
  3. adjective
    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
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    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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  4. adjective
    not worthy of notice
    synonyms: undistinguished
    unnoticeable
    not noticeable; not drawing attention
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