- 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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Examples from the Web for unsignificant
Historical Examples of unsignificant
Once for all, a themal coherence of symphony must lie in the main lines, not in a maze of unsignificant figures.
But any novel that dwells sedulously upon non-essentials and exalts the unsignificant obscures the truth.Materials and Methods of Fiction
Unsignificant, un-sig-nif′i-kant, adj. without signification.
- 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 for significant
Word Origin and History for unsignificant
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."