Insignificance
Insignificance In`sig*nif"i*cance, n. 1. The condition or quality of being insignificant; lack of significance, sense, or meaning; as, the insignificance of words or phrases. [1913 Webster]

2. Lack of force or effect; unimportance; pettiness; inefficacy; as, the insignificance of human art. [1913 Webster]

3. Lack of claim to consideration or notice; lack of influence or standing; meanness. [1913 Webster]

Reduce him, from being the first person in the nation, to a state of insignificance. --Beattie. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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