In the en_GB I grew up speaking, "accession" implies that both parties reached an agreement to join, while "annexation" implies that the larger party incorporated the smaller without giving it any option (for example, if A successfully invades B and then declares B to be part of the A political union). I think that's fairly standard usage....
... a project that helps people to develop green energy on a domestic scale ...
refers in the first instance to individual households, it's broadened to include small neighbourhoods.
Some renewable energy technologies are well suited to domestic-scale use, particularly solar (either for heating water or for generating
electricity), heat pumps and ...
Or in some contexts:
My boss told me today I've met my first three mileposts.
I see a shift in my son's attitude toward college. I think that super positive email from his winter session instructor was a watershed event.
Not the greatest examples but really, you should be giving us the examples so we can plug in the puzzle piece....
The phrase 'inflection point' comes to mind as in: "The day my boyfriend lied to me was an inflection point in our relationship. After that, I just didn't know if I could believe anything he said."
In mathematics, an inflection point is the point on a curve where the change in slope switches from a slope that is increasing to a slope that is ...
Just to add to Laurel's good answer that there are actually adjectives from status but they are useless for your sentence.
You have first statusy
conferring or having status or prestige (collins)
M-W records the first use in 1962 and defines it as
having, showing, or conferring prestige
It does not bring the meaning you need and it is ...
anchor / anchor date (n.)
A reliable or principal support : MAINSTAY
In this example, we have another procedure for calculating dates,
based on the use of an "anchor date". A. Collins and D. Bobrow;
Representation and Understanding (2017)
That's a pretty simple anchor date for me to remember as I get
older and things that once were ...
You might try watershed moment
Defined by Grammarist
A watershed moment is a turning point, the exact moment that changes the direction of an activity or situation. A watershed moment is a dividing point, from which things will never be the same. It is considered momentous, though a watershed moment is often recognized in hindsight.
How about a noun instead? Status. The nature of English allows us to use a noun adjunct:
Gender-based zero-sum thinking reflects beliefs that women's status gains correspond directly with men's status losses. — Zero-Sum Thinking and the Masculinity Contest
Alternatively, flip it around but keep the noun. For example:
Many women anticipate loss of hard-won ...
Epochal events are those that are 'so important and significant they have the power to usher in a new epoch. In other words they're "epoch-making" ' (vocabulary.com). An ' "epoch" serves as a reference point from which time is measured' (wikipedia).
In Ancient Greek, mythos μῦθος is "a story or set of stories relevant to or having a significant truth or meaning for a particular culture, religion, society, or other group.. A tale, story, or narrative, usually verbally transmitted, or otherwise recorded into the written form from an alleged secondary source.. Anything delivered by word of mouth: a ...
I believe that carpet is a hypernym of rug. That is to say that rugs may be carpets but that not all carpets are rugs. In terms of sets, which I find useful for analysis of meaning, the set of carpets contains the set of rugs. From this perspective, some rugs may be carpets, and the two are then synonymous, although there is no general synonymy.
I've decided to simply use the adjective "human" and change the structure of the sentence so that it relies on adjectives as opposed to nouns.
The piece of art felt normal, meritable, and human.
Thank you so much for you guys' suggestions!
Yoself Baskin's suggestions in a comment led me to:
The piece of art had a sort of merit, normalcy, and workmanship.
It's fairly neutral in not ascribing specific (human) attributes:
Workmanship is the skill with which something is made and which
affects the appearance and quality of the finished object.
The degree of skill with ...
Organicity might fit, as it is an adjective describing something "related to or derived from living organisms". There are some limitations in that it could describe the style of art rather than how it was actually made, but then again, you could feasibly program a machine to recreate any piece of human-made art. There's also no link to humans ...
Tickled. It's part touched, part honored, part grateful and light-hearted.
If something tickles you, you find it funny or it makes you happy
Hence it could be argued that you are tickled by the honor in the sense that it makes you happy.
Or use tickled pink:
informal: very pleased:
I was tickled pink to be invited.
The title of this question is at odds with its real content. The title seeks a synonym for unimportant, but the rest of the question reveals that the OP is really looking for a word that expresses a different concept. While there are plenty of synonyms and near-synonyms for unimportant, none of them will express this concept, because unimportant does not ...