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Definitions for significant
sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kəntsig·nif·i·cant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. significant, importantadjective

    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, substantialadjective

    fairly large

    "won by a substantial margin"

  3. significantadjective

    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, significantadjective

    rich in significance or implication

    "a meaning look"


  1. significantadjective

    Signifying something; carrying meaning.

  2. significantadjective

    Having a covert or hidden meaning

  3. significantadjective

    Having a noticeable or major effect; notable

    That was a very significant step in the right direction.

  4. significantadjective

    Reasonably large in number or amount

  5. significantadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SIGNIFICANTadjective

    Etymology: signifiant, Fr. significans, Latin.

    Since you are tongue-ty’d, and so loth to speak,
    In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    It was well said of Plotinus, that the stars were significant, but not efficient. Walter Raleigh.

    Whereas it may be objected, that to add to religious duties such rites and ceremonies as are significant, is to institute new sacraments. Richard Hooker.

    Common life is full of this kind of significant expressions, by knocking, beckoning, frowning, and pointing; and dumb persons are sagacious in the use of them. William Holder, on Speech.

    The Romans joined both devices, to make the emblem the more significant; as, indeed, they could not too much extol the learning and military virtues of this emperor. Addison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Significantadjective

    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. Significantadjective

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

  3. Significantnoun

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

  4. Etymology: [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.

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  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

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  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

Examples of significant in a Sentence

  1. Ben Thompson:

    China has set a clear precedent with nearly every other tech company that operating in the country comes with certain strings attached, including significant investment in China's tech sector.

  2. Brock Silvers:

    Zhang was a young software engineer without significant business experience when he suddenly found himself running a massive company in rapidly shifting markets while operating in an extremely complex regulatory and political environment.

  3. David Skeel:

    I do think it's remarkable both how significant Lehman's assets have turned out to be and how much they still have.

  4. Jon Stein:

    These are things most wealthy investors have - but everyone should have it, because it has a significant impact on returns.

  5. Brian Ferguson:

    Our approach as a state is to not rely on any single source, we're also going out and giving contracts with the private sector for a significant amount of protective equipment.

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    large recently extinct long-horned European wild ox; considered one of the ancestors of domestic cattle
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    • B. arbalist
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