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Definition 1: the quality of being significant - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where significance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power

(significance is a kind of ...) the quality of being important and worthy of note

"the importance of a well-balanced diet"

(... is a kind of significance ) significance owing to its history

(... is a kind of significance ) the quality of having great value or significance

(... is a kind of significance ) having important effects or influence

"decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself" "virtue is of more moment than security" "that result is of no consequence"

(... are attributes of significance) important in effect or meaning

"a significant change in tax laws" "a significant change in the Constitution" "a significant contribution" "significant details" "statistically significant"

(... are attributes of significance) devoid of importance, meaning, or force

Definition 2: a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where significance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the significance of his remark became clear only later
  • the expectation was spread both by word and by implication

Synonyms for significance in the sense of this definition

(significance is a kind of ...) the idea that is intended

"What is the meaning of this proverb?"

Definition 3: the message that is intended or expressed or signified - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where significance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 ambiguous

Synonyms for significance in the sense of this definition

(significance is a kind of ...) what a communication that is about something is about

(... is a kind of significance ) (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality

"overtones of despair"

(... is a kind of significance ) a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

"without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor" "don't argue about shades of meaning"

(... is a kind of significance ) the significance of a story or event

"the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"

(... is a kind of significance ) the intended meaning of a communication

(... is a kind of significance ) the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

(... is a kind of significance ) something referred to; the object of a reference

(... is a kind of significance ) what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression

(... is a kind of significance ) the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted

"the dictionary gave several senses for the word" "in the best sense charity is really a duty" "the signifier is linked to the signified"

(... is a kind of significance ) the use of symbols to convey meaning

(... is a kind of significance ) the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form

(... is a kind of significance ) the meaning of a content word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express

(... is a kind of significance ) a brief version of the essential meaning of something

"get to the point" "he missed the point of the joke" "life has lost its point"

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