Definition of significant in English:


Line breaks: sig¦nifi|cant
Pronunciation: /sɪgˈnɪfɪk(ə)nt


  • 2Having a particular meaning; indicative of something: in times of stress her dreams seemed to her especially significant
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    • For Fagan, the next few weeks promise to be the most significant of her year.
    • Empires from Rome to Carthage fought over this most significant of nautical prizes.
    • Most significant of all, we felt, was that so many divers were keen enough to queue up to have their fitness checked.
  • 2.1Suggesting a meaning or message that is not explicitly stated: she gave him a significant look
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    • Downstairs, Martha gives Margaretha a significant look, upon which she rises and excuses herself to her guests, who leave.
    • At all times and in all hours they were in deep consultation and Margarot was observed to say to Campbell, with a significant wink, "keep an eye on the old gentleman", meaning me.
    meaningful, expressive, eloquent, informative, revealing, indicative, suggestive, symbolic, relevant, pregnant, knowing, telling, pithy, valid, purposeful
  • 3 Statistics Relating to or having significance.
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    • Just as for the acentrics, group and radiation dose were statistically significant predictors.
    • We considered a P value of less than 0.05 to be statistical significant in all comparisons.
    • All of these physiological parameters showed significant differences statistically.


late 16th century (in sense 2): from Latin significant- 'indicating', from the verb significare (see signify).

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