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1 the quality of being significant; "do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power" [ant: insignificance]
2 a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred; "the significance of his remark became clear only later"; "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication" [syn: import, implication]
3 the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambigtuous" [syn: meaning, signification, import]

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From significantia.


  1. the extent to which something matters; importance
    As a juror your opinion is of great significance for the outcome trial.
  2. meaning


extent to which something matters

Extensive Definition

Significance can refer to:
significance in German: Signifikanz

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