Definition of significance in English:


Line breaks: sig¦nifi|cance
Pronunciation: /sɪgˈnɪfɪk(ə)ns


[mass noun]
  • 3 (also statistical significance) The extent to which a result deviates from that expected to arise simply from random variation or errors in sampling.
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    • The failure of the results to reach statistical significance in women may simply reflect the fact that fewer procedures are carried out in women.
    • We used the Wald statistic to assess statistical significance of the results.
    • The statistical significance of each estimated coefficient was assessed using the Wald statistic for each.


late Middle English (denoting unstated meaning): from Old French, or from Latin significantia, from significare 'indicate, portend'.

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