sig·nif·i·cance | \sig-ˈni-fi-kən(t)s \

Definition of significance 

1a : something that is conveyed as a meaning often obscurely or indirectly

b : the quality of conveying or implying

2a : the quality of being important : moment

b : the quality of being statistically significant

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importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone. a region with no cities of importance consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects. the style you choose is of little consequence moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence. a decision of great moment weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something. the argument carried no weight with the judge significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized. the treaty's significance

Examples of significance in a Sentence

The discovery has great significance to researchers. His age is of little significance. This building should be preserved because of its historical significance. Does the ceremony have any religious significance? Her work has a significance that will last beyond her lifetime. I failed to understand the significance of her remarks. Does the date March 16 have some special significance to you? People in ancient times assigned a particular significance to the number seven.
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Understanding the significance of FERC’s new data requires knowing the difference between capacity and generation. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Renewable Energy Is Surviving Trump," 8 May 2018 Of significance is the ability to carry on its meal services to more than 135 homebound clients in the backcountry. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Steady progress on creating campus to unite generations," 11 Apr. 2018 The only successful ones were not of national significance and included the renaming of a post office in his district and a tax reduction on hunting equipment., "Reports: House Speaker Paul Ryan is not running for re-election," 11 Apr. 2018 The long story is one of architectural and environmental significance. Mary Jo Bowling, Curbed, "A 684-square-foot architectural gem gets a polish at California’s fabled Sea Ranch," 9 Apr. 2018 In short, nothing of significance to warrant the redactions. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics After veteran's home cover-up, is Rauner the state's most secretive schmuck?," 6 Apr. 2018 Surprisingly, O’Hara had just slightly more than zero live performances of significance before her Savannah audition. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "Mooresville teen shines in ‘American Idol’ debut. How much farther will she make it? | Charlotte Observer," 18 Mar. 2018 But in a mark of the vote's historic and legislative significance, the White House sent Vice President Joe Biden to preside over the Senate for the roll call. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Russian hackers made Twitter’s reluctance to police its own platform a matter of geopolitical significance. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Twitter Good Now?," 13 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'significance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of significance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of significance

: the quality of being important : the quality of having notable worth or influence

: the meaning of something


sig·nif·i·cance | \sig-ˈni-fi-kəns \

Kids Definition of significance

1 : meaning sense 2 What is the significance of the ribbon she's wearing?

2 : importance It's a subject of some significance.

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