importance
noun Date: 1508 1. a. the quality or state of being important ; consequence b. an important aspect or bearing ; significance 2. obsolete import, meaning 3. obsolete importunity 4. obsolete a weighty matter Synonyms: importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone <
a region with no cities of importance
>
. consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects <
the style you choose is of little consequence
>
. moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence <
a decision of great moment
>
. weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something <
the argument carried no weight with the judge
>
. significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized <
the treaty's significance
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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