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    A word for ''not important''

    Hi

    I'm looking for a word (or a bunch) that means ''not important''

    Ex:

    This employee is 'not important' for his employer.
    The 'not important' employee. <-- Title

    I found:

    The disregarded employee
    The overlooked employee
    The neglected employee

    I really want to focus on a overall ''not important''.
    The definition of discredited (which is a synonym), is: 1. Harm the good reputation of someone or something. 2. Cause to seem false or unreliable
    So this is the kind of word I don't really want. I want to stay in the general idea of ''not important'' and in a neutral way. By neutral way, I mean that the employee is ignored not because he's not good or he did something bad, but because he means nothing to the employer like the employer means nothing to the employee (each of them have their life to live).

    Can you help me?

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    #2

    Re: A word for ''not important''

    Something that is unimportant is useless. (But you are looking for something else, and unimportant is not the right descriptor.)


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    #3

    Re: A word for ''not important''

    What about "irrelevant"?
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: A word for ''not important''

    A person can be careless about other people at work, perhaps because there so many others there that he has personal relationships with few of them. That doesn't mean they are unimportant. It means they are unimportant to him.


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    #5

    Re: A word for ''not important''

    Useless is too negative
    And irrelevant is irrelevant in what I'm looking for :P
    I'm going to be picky on this one guys :)

    Careless is also irrelevant for what I'm asking and I'm not going into a philosophical debate... not here :P

    Other way to see it would be: Not taken into consideration. Or he doesn't matter
    Last edited by Valcaroni; 17-Dec-2014 at 22:58.

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    #6

    Re: A word for ''not important''

    You might try a thesaurus. There are several online.


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    #7

    Re: A word for ''not important''

    Dispensable? Easily replaced? A faceless, interchangeable cog?

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    Re: A word for ''not important''

    I checked. I even mentioned some on my first thread, but because I'm still not extremely comfortable in English (I'm french), and can't find the word that sounds peaceful. They all sound bad too me. I know the word in french: déconsidéré. Which is not taken into consideration. In english, it translates into discredited, which sounds bad and the definition doesn't look good either.

    Another way to see it, is how can you tell a person that he is ignored/discredited/overlooked/neglected without him getting mad or hurt, or whatever... A neutral, peaceful word.

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    Re: A word for ''not important''

    Quote Originally Posted by Valcaroni View Post

    Another way to put it, is how can you tell a person that he is ignored/discredited/overlooked/neglected without him getting mad or hurt, or whatever... A neutral, peaceful word.
    Perhaps:

    You were so quiet that we didn't notice you.
    (I realize that that's not one word.)


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    Re: A word for ''not important''

    I think I don't express well enough what I want or that I'm looking for a word that doesn't exist. There will always be some negativity (because we look at it negatively... philosophy!!!! ;) ) in that kind of saying.

    I think I'm going to go with neglected. The neglected employee. Can you relate to that?
    A for the effort though :P big thanks

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