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[sig-nif-i-kuh nt] /sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kənt/
important; of consequence.
having or expressing a meaning; indicative; suggestive:
a significant wink.
Statistics. of or relating to observations that are unlikely to occur by chance and that therefore indicate a systematic cause.
something significant; a sign.
Origin of significant
1570-80; < Latin significant- (stem of significāns), present participle of significāre to signify; see -ant
Related forms
significantly, adverb
nonsignificant, adjective
nonsignificantly, adverb
supersignificant, adjective
supersignificantly, adverb
unsignificant, adjective
unsignificantly, adverb
1. consequential, momentous, weighty. 2. See expressive. Unabridged
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  • "And he's got plenty of tin," added the Resurrection Man significantly.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • "It is the third stroke," replied the doctor, significantly, as he was leaving the room.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • "Middleton is still here," said Ralph, significantly, who was pouring out something for his father.

  • "You can mold it when you mix it," the technician said significantly.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • He caught up Blanche's hand, resting on his arm, and pressed it significantly.

    Man and Wife Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for significantly


having or expressing a meaning; indicative
having a covert or implied meaning; suggestive
important, notable, or momentous
(statistics) of or relating to a difference between a result derived from a hypothesis and its observed value that is too large to be attributed to chance and that therefore tends to refute the hypothesis
Derived Forms
significantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin significāre to signify
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Word Origin and History for significantly



1570s, "having a meaning," from Latin significantem (nominative significans, present participle of significare "make known, indicate" (see signify). Earlier in the same sense was significative (c.1400). Often "having a special or secret meaning," hence "important" (1761). Related: Significantly. Significant figure is from 1680s. Significant other (n.) attested by 1961, in psychology, "the most influential other person in the patient's world."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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