significant

[ sig-nif-i-kuhnt ]
/ sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kənt /

adjective

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.

noun

something significant; a sign.

Nearby words

  1. signifiant,
  2. significance,
  3. significance level,
  4. significance test,
  5. significancy,
  6. significant digits,
  7. significant figures,
  8. significant other,
  9. significant symbol,
  10. signification

Origin of significant

1570–80; < Latin significant- (stem of significāns), present participle of significāre to signify; see -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for significantly

significant

/ (sɪɡˈnɪfɪkənt) /

adjective

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 Formssignificantly, adverb

Word Origin for significant

C16: from Latin significāre to signify

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Word Origin and History for significantly

significant

adj.

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."

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