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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 The site has had a lot of international media coverage over the past two years because of its rich heritage and significance to the field of paleontology. Washington Post, "In South Africa, scientists are piecing together dinosaur fossils from a ‘Triassic Park’," 6 Apr. 2021 Years ago, Maria Elena González, the late Catholic nun and president of what’s now the Mexican American Catholic College, told me that in addition to being a beloved Easter tradition, cascarones hold spiritual significance. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: After a pandemic year, Easter's rituals of renewal were more important than ever," 6 Apr. 2021 Those who worked on the desks pointed to the potential significance for the country, and for the military in particular, of decisions made before them. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Navy Seabees build Kamala Harris a Resolute Desk of her own," 5 Apr. 2021 Especially when their beauty and significance are museum-quality? Matthew J. Palm,, "Family’s blue-and-white legacy will brighten Morse Museum," 5 Apr. 2021 Of course, these considerations are not just limited to this past year, and are of broader significance than just the pandemic, relevant to any situation that causes extreme stress in a child. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, "Here’s What Happens To The Brain Under Stress - From Childhood To Adulthood," 5 Apr. 2021 Egypt, Bahrain, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, Morocco and other regional governments also quickly expressed support for Abdullah in what was seen in part as a testament to Jordan's strategic significance in the region., "Jordan accuses former crown prince and high-ranking officials of ‘promoting sedition,’ with foreign backing," 4 Apr. 2021 The size of a newspaper headline typically corresponds to an article’s relative significance. W. Joseph Campbell, The Conversation, "60 years after Bay of Pigs, New York Times role – and myth – made clear," 2 Apr. 2021 The number 39 carries double significance for the Toreros. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "National win record on the line for USD football team Saturday," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of significance

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

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12 Apr 2021

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“Significance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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