What does significance mean?

Definitions for significancesɪgˈnɪf ɪ kəns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word significance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. significance(noun)

    the quality of being significant

    "do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power"

  2. significance, import, implication(noun)

    a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

    "the significance of his remark became clear only later"; "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication"

  3. meaning, significance, signification, import(noun)

    the message that is intended or expressed or signified

    "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"


  1. significance(Noun)

    The extent to which something matters; importance

    As a juror your opinion is of great significance for the outcome trial.

  2. significance(Noun)


  3. Origin: From significantia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Significance(noun)

    alt. of Significancy


  1. Significance

    Significance is a stock issue in policy debate which establishes the importance of the harms in the status quo. As a stock issue has fallen out of favor with the debate community almost all debaters and judges now believe that any plan which is preferable to the status quo is significant. Significance derives from the word "substantially" which appears in most resolutions, and one can argue that Significance has been subsumed by the option for the negative to use a Topicality violation on that word.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'significance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2161

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'significance' in Nouns Frequency: #976


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of significance in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of significance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gideon Tadmor:

    I don't want to minimise the significance of what happened.

  2. Sophie Callan:

    His constant goal in life appears to have been achieving significance.

  3. Pablo Casals:

    The capacity to care is what gives life its most deepest significance.

  4. Benjamin Cardozo:

    Opinion has a significance proportioned to the sources that sustain it.

  5. Leo Buscaglia:

    Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.

Images & Illustrations of significance

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