- 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
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Related Wordspowerful, symbolic, important, compelling, serious, momentous, noteworthy, big, notable, vital, substantial, consequential, meaningful, considerable, cogent, convincing, eloquent, expressive, forceful, heavy
Examples from the Web for significant
And in either case, “the significant benefit from allowing Wi-Fi hotspots outweighs these concerns.”How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
This “Sixth Migration” of massive human migration to Texas is the larger story of the book, and it is a significant story.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
The town, known in Arabic as Ayn al-Arab, is so significant to ISIS that the group calls it Ayn al-Islam.The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS
Mohammed A. Salih
December 27, 2014
It was the first significant violence directed toward police after weeks of demonstrations across the city.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop
December 19, 2014
There would, then, likely be significant police resistance to this measure.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
Its most significant details were of a sordid kind, familiar to poverty.Within the Law
Mrs. Pendarves went to see it, and her criticisms are significant for the taste of the time.Handel
Edward J. Dent
The Peace Mark was only one of the significant ways in which Indians painted their faces.The Trail Book
This essay is quite as significant for what it has not said as for what it has said.Understanding the Scriptures
"You do not know but it may be a friend," was his significant answer.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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
Word Origin and History for significant
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."