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Insignificant vs. Petty

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Insignificantadjective

Not significant; not important, inconsequential, or having no noticeable effect.

‘Such things are insignificant details compared to the main goal.’;

Pettyadjective

Little, small, secondary in rank or importance.

‘petty officer, petty cash’;

Insignificantadjective

Without meaning; not signifying anything.

Pettyadjective

Insignificant, trifling, or inconsiderable.

‘a petty fault’;

Insignificantadjective

Not significant; void of signification, sense, or import; meaningless; as, insignificant words.

Pettyadjective

Narrow-minded, small-minded.

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Insignificantadjective

Having no weight or effect; answering no purpose; unimportant; valueless; futile.

‘Laws must be insignificant without the sanction of rewards and punishments.’;

Pettyadjective

Begrudging in nature, especially over insignificant matters.

‘That corporation is only slightly pettier than they are greedy, and they are overdue to reap the consequences.’;

Insignificantadjective

Without weight of character or social standing; mean; contemptible; as, an insignificant person.

Pettynoun

A little schoolboy, either in grade or size.

Insignificantadjective

not large enough to consider or notice

Pettynoun

A class or school for young schoolboys.

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Insignificantadjective

not worthy of notice

Pettynoun

An outhouse: an outbuilding used as a lavatory.

Insignificantadjective

signifying nothing;

‘insignificant sounds’; ‘his response...is picayune and unmeaning’;

Pettyadjective

Little; trifling; inconsiderable; also, inferior; subordinate; as, a petty fault; a petty prince.

‘Like a petty godI walked about, admired of all.’;

Insignificantadjective

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

‘a minor, insignificant bureaucrat’; ‘peanut politicians’;

Pettyadjective

inferior in rank or status;

‘the junior faculty’; ‘a lowly corporal’; ‘petty officialdom’; ‘a subordinate functionary’;

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Insignificantadjective

not important or noteworthy

Pettyadjective

(informal terms) small and of little importance;

‘a fiddling sum of money’; ‘a footling gesture’; ‘our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war’; ‘a little (or small) matter’; ‘Mickey Mouse regulations’; ‘a dispute over niggling details’; ‘limited to petty enterprises’; ‘piffling efforts’; ‘giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction’;

Pettyadjective

contemptibly narrow in outlook;

‘petty little comments’; ‘disgusted with their small-minded pettiness’;

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