importantly vs. important
A number of commentators have objected to importantly as a sentence modifier (the use defined above at sense 1) and have recommended important instead. Actually, both the adverb and the adjective are in reputable standard use in this function. Important is always used with more or most. had bronze weapons and composite bows; more important, they utilized the horse and war chariot — Harry A. Gailey, Jr. second and most important, the book contains no important woman character — F. Scott Fitzgerald Importantly is commonly used in similar contexts, but it is somewhat more flexible in not requiring more or most. sticks and, just as importantly, unsticks easily — Phoebe Hawkins importantly, the leaven in the mixture is quality — George O'Brien
Examples of important in a Sentence
Diet and exercise are important for health.
In his editorial, he made several important points.
Scientists have made an important discovery.
Doing her job well is important to her.
He's one of the most important scholars in his field.
Recent Examples of important from the Web
The significance of her daughter’s name is very important to Elizabeth.
Obama is no longer the president, but poking him in the eye and destroying his accomplishments is still the most important thing.
But so important is the right degree to a student’s prospects in life that rich families began spending heavily on coaching to improve their children’s chances, leaving poorer families behind.
Mexicali’s proximity to the U.S. border was an important factor in the company’s decision to locate there, as all of its product will destined for the U.S. consumers.
The governor says Facebook is an important partner as New Mexico works to diversify its economy.
Thank you for letting us know what was most important to you.
Hearing loss is too important to put in the hands of Elizabeth Warren and her home-state lobbyists.
Still, though, your own vigilance may be your most important shield.
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IMPORTANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of important for English Language Learners
: having serious meaning or worth : deserving or requiring serious attention
: having power, authority, or influence
IMPORTANT Defined for Kids
Definition of important for Students
1 : having serious meaning or worth Graduation is an important event in your life.
2 : having power or authority an important leader
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