II. Prospective Volition

2. Subservience to ends; degree of subservience


[Antonyms: importance.]

[Nouns] unimportance, insignificance, nothingness, immateriality.

triviality, levity, frivolity; paltriness; poverty; smallness [more]; vanity (uselessness) [more]; matter of indifference [more]; no object.

nothing, nothing to signify, nothing worth speaking of, nothing particular, nothing to boast of, nothing to speak of; small matter, no great matter, trifling matter; mere joke, mere nothing; hardly anything; scarcely anything; nonentity, small beer, cipher; no great shakes, peu de chose; child's play, kinderspiel.

toy, plaything, popgun, paper pellet, gimcrack, gewgaw, bauble, trinket, bagatelle, rickshaw, knicknack, whim-wham, trifle, "trifles light as air"; yankee notions [U.S.].

trumpery, trash, rubbish, stuff, fatras, frippery; "leather or prunello"; chaff, drug, froth bubble smoke, cobweb; weed; refuse (inutility) [more]; scum (dirt) [more].

joke, jest, snap of the fingers; fudge (unmeaning) [more]; fiddlestick, fiddlestick end; pack of nonsense, mere farce.

straw, pin, fig, button, rush; bulrush, feather, halfpenny, farthing, brass farthing, doit, peppercorn, jot, rap, pinch of snuff, old son; cent, mill, picayune, pistareen, red cent [U.S.].

minutiae, details, minor details, small fry; dust in the balance, feather in the seal, drop in the ocean, flea-bite, molehill.

nine days' wonder, ridiculus mus; flash in the pan (impotence) [more]; much ado about nothing (overestimation) [more].

[Verbs] be unimportant; not matter [more]; go for nothing, matter nothing, signify nothing, matter little, matter little or nothing; not matter a straw

make light of (underestimate) [more]; catch at straws (overestimate) [more].

[Adjectives] unimportant; of little account, of small account, of no account, of little importance, of no importance [more]; immaterial; unessential, nonessential; indifferent.

subordinate (inferior) [more]; mediocre (average) [more]; passable, fair, respectable, tolerable, commonplace; uneventful, mere, common; ordinary (habitual) [more]; inconsiderable, so-so, insignificant, inappreciable.

trifling, trivial; slight, slender, light, flimsy, frothy, idle; puerile (foolish) [more]; airy, shallow; weak [more]; powerless [more]; frivolous, petty, niggling; piddling, peddling; fribble, inane, ridiculous, farcical; finical, finikin; fiddle-faddle, fingle-fangle, namby-pamby, wishy-washy, milk and water.

poor, paltry, pitiful; contemptible (contempt) [more]; sorry, mean, meager, shabby, miserable, wretched, vile, scrubby, scrannel, weedy, niggardly, scurvy, putid, beggarly, worthless, two penny half penny, cheap, trashy, catchpenny, gimcrack, trumpery; one-horse [U.S.].

not worth the pains, not worth while, not worth mentioning, not worth speaking of, not worth a thought, not worth a curse, not worth a straw; beneath notice, unworthy of notice, beneath regard, unworthy of regard, beneath consideration, unworthy of consideration; de lana caprina; vain (useless) [more].

[Adverbs] slightly; rather, somewhat, pretty well, tolerably.

for aught one cares.

[Interjections] no matter! pish! tush! tut! pshaw! pugh! pooh,pooh-pooh! fudge! bosh! humbug! fiddlestick, fiddlestick end! fiddlededee! never mind! n'importe! what signifies it, what boots it, what of it, what of that, what matter, what's the odds, a fig for! stuff and nonsense! stuff! nonsense!

[Phrases] magno conatu magnas nugas; le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle; it matters not, it does not signify; it is of no consequence, it is of no importance; elephantus non capit murem; tempete dans un verre d'eau.

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