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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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Recent Examples on the Web And to scores of Chinatown lifers, the original 70 Mulberry is a property of incalculable significance. NBC News, "Plan to demolish and rebuild historic Chinatown building angers community," 28 May 2020 Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson costar as soul music legend Grace Davis and her assistant, Maggie, respectively, and there's an extra layer of significance to their casting. cleveland, "‘The High Note’ hits all the right beats," 27 May 2020 No major technical issues of any significance were under discussion Monday, but the weather could be a factor. William Harwood, CBS News, "Weather outlook improves somewhat for historic SpaceX launch," 25 May 2020 The way forward Our research from Burkina Faso adds to a growing body of evidence that highlights multi-morbidity as a global health issue of major significance. Maria Odland, Quartz Africa, "Global health is changing as people in low income countries live longer but with more ailments," 23 May 2020 Nikkolas Smith combines personal storytelling with issues of national significance in his work. Los Angeles Times, "His Ahmaud Arbery portrait went viral. How an L.A. artist finds power in art," 9 May 2020 If complete protection from a safe product that cannot revert to virulence has been demonstrated and will be published in an international scientific journal, then this would be a most exciting advance of global significance. Ainslie Chandler,, "U.S. Says It’s Got a ‘Promising’ African Swine Fever Vaccine," 7 May 2020 Whereas everything of significance that happened in Breaking Bad needed to happen to advance the story and characters forward. James Hibberd,, "Better Call Saul vs. Breaking Bad: We decide which is better," 15 Apr. 2020 The London artifacts—a large collection of mostly shards and fragments—have long been believed to be of particular significance, according to a University of Bristol statement. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Traces of Millennia-Old Milk Help Date Pottery Fragments to Neolithic London," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of significance

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

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“Significance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce significance (audio) \

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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