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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.

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Origin of significance

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English (from Middle French ), from Latin significantia “force, meaning,” equivalent to significant- (see significant) + -ia -ia; (see -ance)
1. See importance. 2. See meaning.
non·sig·nif·i·cance, nounself-sig·nif·i·cance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for 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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