significance

[ sig-nif-i-kuhns ]
/ sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kəns /
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noun

importance; consequence: the significance of the new treaty.
meaning; import: The familiar place had a new significance for her.
the quality of being significant or having a meaning: to give significance to dull chores.

Nearby words

  1. signet,
  2. signet ring,
  3. signet-ring cell,
  4. signet-ring cell carcinoma,
  5. signifiant,
  6. significance level,
  7. significance test,
  8. significancy,
  9. significant,
  10. significant digits

Origin of significance

1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin significantia force, meaning, equivalent to significant- (see significant) + -ia -ia; see -ance

SYNONYMS FOR significance
1. moment, weight. See importance. 2. See meaning.

ANTONYMS FOR significance

Related formsnon·sig·nif·i·cance, nounself-sig·nif·i·cance, noun

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Examples from the Web for self-significance

  • It was taking too much notice of him: it was adding to his self-significance; and a call upon him to treat you with insolence.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for self-significance

significance

/ (sɪɡˈnɪfɪkəns) /

noun

consequence or importance
something signified, expressed, or intended
the state or quality of being significant
statistics
  1. a measure of the confidence that can be placed in a result, esp a substantive causal hypothesis, as not being merely a matter of chance
  2. (as modifier)a significance level Compare confidence level See also hypothesis testing
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Word Origin and History for self-significance

significance

n.

c.1400, "meaning," from Old French significance or directly from Latin significantia "meaning, force, energy," from significans, present participle of significare "to mean, import, signify" (see signify). The earlier word was signifiance (mid-13c.). Meaning "importance" is from 1725. Related: Significancy.

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