What does significant mean?

Definitions for significantsɪgˈnɪf ɪ kənt

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. significant, important(adj)

    important in effect or meaning

    "a significant change in tax laws"; "a significant change in the Constitution"; "a significant contribution"; "significant details"; "statistically significant"

  2. significant, substantial(adj)

    fairly large

    "won by a substantial margin"

  3. significant(adj)

    too closely correlated to be attributed to chance and therefore indicating a systematic relation

    "the interaction effect is significant at the .01 level"; "no significant difference was found"

  4. meaning(a), pregnant, significant(adj)

    rich in significance or implication

    "a meaning look"


  1. significant(Adjective)

    Signifying something; carrying meaning.

  2. significant(Adjective)

    Having a covert or hidden meaning

  3. significant(Adjective)

    Having a noticeable or major effect; notable

    That was a very significant step in the right direction.

  4. significant(Adjective)

    Reasonably large in number or amount

  5. significant(Adjective)

    Having a low probability of occurring by chance (for example, having high correlation and thus likely to be related).

  6. Origin: From Latin significans, present participle of significare, from signum, "sign", + ficare, "do" or "make", variant of facere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Significant(adj)

    fitted or designed to signify or make known somethingl having a meaning; standing as a sign or token; expressive or suggestive; as, a significant word or sound; a significant look

  2. Significant(adj)

    deserving to be considered; important; momentous; as, a significant event

  3. Significant(noun)

    that which has significance; a sign; a token; a symbol

  4. Origin: [L. significans, -antis, p. pr. of significare. See Signify.]


  1. Significant

    A term applied to differences, correlations, cause-and-effect relationships, etc., to indicate that they are noticeable, probably too closely correlated to be attributed to chance and therefore indicating a systematic relation: substantial, fairly large; also having consequence or import, important in effect or meaning. In statistics significant ordinarily indicates a probability of not less than 95 percent, while highly significant indicates a probability of not less than 99 percent.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'significant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #796

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'significant' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1665

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'significant' in Adjectives Frequency: #96


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of significant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of significant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Maggie Hassan:

    It's a significant issue.

  2. Steven Murphy:

    The impact is significant.

  3. Cody Wilson:

    I think this is significant.

  4. John DeLury:

    The language is significant.

  5. Neal Epstein:

    The change could be significant.

Images & Illustrations of significant

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