What does significance mean?

Definitions for significance
sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kənssig·nif·i·cance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. significancenoun

    the quality of being significant

    "do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power"

  2. significance, import, implicationnoun

    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, importnoun

    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. significancenoun

    The extent to which something matters; importance

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

  2. significancenoun


  3. Etymology: From significantia.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Significance, Significancynoun

    Etymology: from signify.

    Speaking is a sensible expression of the notions of the mind by discriminations of utterance of voice, used as signs, having by consent several determinate significancies. William Holder.

    If he declares he intends it for the honour of another, he takes away by his words the significance of his action. Edward Stillingfleet.

    The clearness of conception and expression, the boldness maintained to majesty, the significancy and sound of words, not strained into bombast, must escape our transient view upon the theatre. Dryden.

    As far as this duty will admit of privacy, our Saviour hath enjoined it in terms of particular significancy and force. Francis Atterbury.

    I have been admiring the wonderful significancy of that word persecution, and what various interpretations it hath acquired. Jonathan Swift.

    How fatal would such a distinction have proved in former reigns, when many a circumstance of less significancy has been construed into an overt act of high treason? Addison.


  1. significance

    Significance refers to the importance or relevance of something, often characterized by its potential impact, influence, or value. It can also refer to the measure of statistical likelihood or probability, usually in the context of data analysis or research outcomes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Significancenoun

    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.

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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

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  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

Examples of significance in a Sentence

  1. Photographer Selim Harbi:

    It's more than a mask. ... I discovered that it's symbolic, it's groups of people that are living through these masks, and they have a significance -- a social and cultural meaning and significance.

  2. Karen Bass:

    The significance of the Kente cloth is our African heritage, and for those of you without that heritage, we're acting in solidarity. That is the significance of the Kente cloth -- our origins and respecting our pasts.

  3. Albert Einstein:

    Of what significance is one's one existence, one is basically unaware. What does a fish know about the water in which he swims all his life The bitter and the sweet come from outside. The hard from within, from one's own efforts. For the most part I do what my own nature drives me to do. It is embarrassing to earn such respect and love for it.

  4. Unknown:

    Many people chase after success. Others pursue money. But I think the happiest people on earth Are the one's who have found significance. The real question of life must be What has significance for you

  5. Laurence J. Peter:

    If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk

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