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significance (n.)

c. 1400, "meaning," from Old French significance or directly from Latin significantia "meaning, force, energy," from significans, present participle of significare "to mean, import, signify" (see signify). The earlier word was signifiance (mid-13c.). Meaning "importance" is from 1725. Related: Significancy.

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Definitions of significance from WordNet

significance (n.)
the quality of being significant;
do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power
significance (n.)
a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred;
the significance of his remark became clear only later
Synonyms: import / implication
significance (n.)
the message that is intended or expressed or signified;
the significance of a red traffic light
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