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[sig-nuh-fi-key-shuh n]
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  1. meaning; import; sense.
  2. the act or fact of signifying; indication.
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Origin of signification

1250–1300; Middle English significacion (< Old French signification, significaciun) < Latin significātiōn- (stem of significātiō) signal, emphasis, meaning, equivalent to significāt(us), past participle of significāre to signify (see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·sig·ni·fi·ca·tion, noun
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Related Words for signification

bell, foreboding, prediction, evidence, warning, divination, witness, index, indicator, prognostic, hint, foreknowledge, presentiment, premonition, badge, forewarning, trace, nod, symbol, clue

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Historical Examples of signification

  • Moreover, they will know the signification of this appetite.

    The Sexual Question

    August Forel

  • What if my Lady's refusal to receive this evening may have some signification in it?

  • This rite may have the signification of looking for children.

  • Still it is according to a words present signification that we must apply it now.

    English Past and Present

    Richard Chevenix Trench

  • What is the signification of these day symbols in this connection?

British Dictionary definitions for signification


  1. something that is signified; meaning or sense
  2. the act of signifying
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Word Origin and History for signification


early 14c., "symbolization, representation," from Old French significacion and directly from Latin significationem (nominative significatio) "a signifying, indication, expression, sign, token, meaning, emphasis," noun of action from past participle stem of significare "make known, indicate" (see signify). From late 14c. as "meaning" (of a word, etc.).

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