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Not important; insignificant or petty.

un′im·por′tance n.


a lack of importance




  1. Brittle and meaningless as cocktail party patter —William Brammer
  2. His influence … it is like burning a … candle at Dover to show light at Calais —Samuel Johnson

    Had Johnson been an American living in America instead of an Englishman living in England, his comment on Thomas Sheridan’s influence on English literature might well have illustrated with “A candle in New York to show light in Boston.”

  3. Hollow as the (ghastly) amiabilities of a college reunion —Raymond M. Weaver
  4. Impact [of information] … as thin as gold —Raymond Chandler
  5. (About as) important as a game of golf to an astronomer —Anon
  6. Important as mathematics to an engineer —Anon
  7. Inconsequential … like the busy work that grade school teachers devise to keep children out of mischief —Ann Petry
  8. Insignifacnt as the canals of Mars —Frank Conroy
  9. Its loss would be incalculable … like losing the Mona Lisa —Dr. Paul Parks, New York Times, August 23, 1986 on potential death of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee
  10. Meaningful as love —Kenneth Patchen
  11. Meaningless, like publishing a book of your opinions with a vanity press —Scott Spencer
  12. Of no more importance than a flea or a louse —Boris Pasternak

    In the novel, Doctor Zhivago, a character uses this simile to compare a wife to workers.

  13. Seemed scarcely to concern us, like fairy tales or cautionary fables that are not to be taken literally or to heart —Joan Chase
  14. Shallow as a pie pan —Anon
  15. [A speech] shallow as time —Thomas Carlyle
  16. Uneventful as theory —A. R. Ammons
  17. Worthless as withered weeds —Emily Bronte
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unimportance - the state of being humble and unimportantunimportance - the state of being humble and unimportant
obscurity - an obscure and unimportant standing; not well known; "he worked in obscurity for many years"
2.unimportance - the quality of not being important or worthy of noteunimportance - the quality of not being important or worthy of note
value - the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable; "the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"
inessentiality - not of basic importance
puniness, slightness, triviality, pettiness - the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous
insignificance - the quality of having little or no significance
importance - the quality of being important and worthy of note; "the importance of a well-balanced diet"


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Looking into Napoleon's eyes Prince Andrew thought of the insignificance of greatness, the unimportance of life which no one could understand, and the still greater unimportance of death, the meaning of which no one alive could understand or explain.
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If you have suffered your mind to dwell upon it for a single moment, try and remember the relative unimportance of such an amount when compared with a thousand guineas.
This leaves people psychologically dejected, without hope and with acceptance of a false idea of unimportance and removes their sense of individuality.
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Despite the relative unimportance of this news, it's clear how the move from one biometric system to another will have its own limitations, which could forces companies to re-evaluate policies that were put in place with the advent of the fingerprint scanner.
the case was dropped due to the unimportance of the crime and they have been deported," said the source.
Prosecutors did not pursue the interrogation and the process of establishing further evidence to implicate the suspects - the case was dropped due to the unimportance of the crime and they have been deported," said the source.
The argument depends upon the strength of the analogy--and this strength depends upon the importance of the resemblances and the unimportance of the differences between the terms that constitute the analogy.
In his press conference, Ander Herrera struck the right note, the note we expected, underlining p g unimp succes som the unimportance of sporting success but hoping that, in some small way, it helped in the unfathomable recovery process of a city stricken by grief.
Lead researcher Janice McCabe, associate professor of sociology at Dartmouth College said that the lack of female characters 'contributes to a sense of unimportance among girls and a sense of privilege among boys.