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Inherited from Middle English significaunce, from Middle French significance, from Old French significance, from Latin significantia. Doublet of signifiance.

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /sɪɡˈnɪfɪkəns/
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significance (countable and uncountable, plural significances)

  1. The extent to which something matters; importance
    As a juror your opinion is of great significance for the outcome of the trial.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 5:
      Of more significance in the nature of branch development; in the Jubulaceae, as in the Porellaceae, branches are acroscopic and normally replace a ventral leaf lobe.
  2. Meaning.
    the significance of a gesture

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  1. Alternative form of significaunce