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Princeton's WordNet

  1. weightyadjective

    having relatively great weight; heavy

    "a weighty load"; "a weighty package"

  2. cogent, telling, weightyadjective

    powerfully persuasive

    "a cogent argument"; "a telling presentation"; "a weighty argument"

  3. grave, grievous, heavy, weightyadjective

    of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

    "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters of state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference"

  4. weightyadjective

    weighing heavily on the spirit; causing anxiety or worry

    "weighty problems"

  5. corpulent, obese, weighty, rotundadjective

    excessively fat

    "a weighty man"


  1. weightyadjective

    Having weight; heavy; ponderous; as, a weighty body.

  2. weightyadjective

    Adapted to turn the balance in the mind, or to convince; important; forcible; serious; momentous.

  3. weightyadjective

    Rigorous; severe; afflictive.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Weightyadjective

    Etymology: from weight.

    You have already weary’d fortune so,
    She cannot farther be your friend or foe;
    But sits all breathless, and admires to feel
    A fate so weighty, that it stops her wheel. Dryden.

    I to your assistance do make love,
    Masking the business from the common eye
    For sundry weighty reasons. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    No fool Pythagoras was thought:
    Whilst he his weighty doctrines taught,
    He made his list’ning scholars stand,
    Their mouth still cover’d with their hand:
    Else, may-be, some odd-thinking youth,
    Less friend to doctrine than to truth,
    Might have refus’d to let his ears
    Attend the musick of the spheres. Matthew Prior.

    Thus spoke to my lady the knight full of care,
    Let me have your advice in a weighty affair. Jonathan Swift.

    If, after two days shine, Athens contains thee,
    Attend our weightier judgment. William Shakespeare, Timon.


  1. weighty

    In science and engineering, the weight of an object is the force acting on the object due to gravity.Some standard textbooks define weight as a vector quantity, the gravitational force acting on the object. Others define weight as a scalar quantity, the magnitude of the gravitational force. Yet others define it as the magnitude of the reaction force exerted on a body by mechanisms that counteract the effects of gravity: the weight is the quantity that is measured by, for example, a spring scale. Thus, in a state of free fall, the weight would be zero. In this sense of weight, terrestrial objects can be weightless: ignoring air resistance, the famous apple falling from the tree, on its way to meet the ground near Isaac Newton, would be weightless. The unit of measurement for weight is that of force, which in the International System of Units (SI) is the newton. For example, an object with a mass of one kilogram has a weight of about 9.8 newtons on the surface of the Earth, and about one-sixth as much on the Moon. Although weight and mass are scientifically distinct quantities, the terms are often confused with each other in everyday use (e.g. comparing and converting force weight in pounds to mass in kilograms and vice versa).Further complications in elucidating the various concepts of weight have to do with the theory of relativity according to which gravity is modeled as a consequence of the curvature of spacetime. In the teaching community, a considerable debate has existed for over half a century on how to define weight for their students. The current situation is that a multiple set of concepts co-exist and find use in their various contexts.


  1. weighty

    Weighty refers to something that is heavy, serious, or important. It can describe a physical object that has a large weight, or a topic, decision, or situation that has a lot of importance, influence, or seriousness attached to it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weighty

    having weight; heavy; ponderous; as, a weighty body

  2. Weighty

    adapted to turn the balance in the mind, or to convince; important; forcible; serious; momentous

  3. Weighty

    rigorous; severe; afflictive

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of weighty in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of weighty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of weighty in a Sentence

  1. William Consovoy:

    Federal courts may not decline to resolve a controversy within their traditional competence and proper jurisdiction simply because, as is the situation here, the question is difficult, the consequences weighty, or the potential real for conflict with the policy preferences of the political branches.

  2. James Comey:

    It's an unusual case, an important case and it's a challenge for all of us to deal with some pretty weighty issues that really haven't been dealt with before.

  3. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf:

    I take this action only after significant consideration and reflection, there is perhaps no more weighty a responsibility assigned to the governor than his or her role as the final check in the capital punishment process.

  4. Oscar W. Firkins:

    Humor is not a postscript or an incidental afterthought it is a serious and weighty part of the world's economy. One feels increasingly the height of the faculty in which it arises, the nobility of things associated with it, and the greatness of services it renders.

  5. Andersen Brower:

    When they wade into weighty policy issues, as Hillary Clinton did, it always breaks bad for them. When Barbara Bush held a baby suffering from AIDS, it sent an extremely powerful message at a time when some people were worried about catching AIDS simply by touching someone who had it, first ladies don't have to make a campaign of something, they just need to make sure the press is there to capture a moment. Barbara Bush knew how consequential that photo would become.

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