adjective Etymology: Latin significant-, significans, present participle of significare to signify Date: 1579 1. having meaning; especially suggestive <
a significant glance
2. a. having or likely to have influence or effect ; important <
a significant piece of legislation
; also of a noticeably or measurably large amount <
a significant number of layoffs
producing significant profits
b. probably caused by something other than mere chance <
statistically significant correlation between vitamin deficiency and disease

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • significant — [adj1] telling, meaningful cogent, compelling, convincing, denoting, eloquent, expressing, expressive, facund, forceful, heavy, important, indicative, knowing, meaning, momentous, powerful, pregnant, representative, rich, sententious, serious,… …   New thesaurus

  • significant — [sig nif′əkənt] adj. [L significans, prp. of significare, to SIGNIFY] 1. a) having or expressing a meaning b) full of meaning 2. important; momentous 3. having or conveying a special or hidden meaning; suggestive …   English World dictionary

  • Significant — Sig*nif i*cant, n. That which has significance; a sign; a token; a symbol. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • significant — index central (essential), consequential (substantial), considerable, constructive (creative), critical ( …   Law dictionary

  • significant — *expressive, meaningful, pregnant, eloquent, sententious Analogous words: cogent, telling, convincing, compelling, *valid, sound: forcible, forceful, *powerful: important, momentous, weighty (see corresponding nouns at IMPORTANCE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • significant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) extensive or important enough to merit attention. 2) having an unstated meaning; indicative of something. DERIVATIVES significantly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • significant — 01. I have noticed a [significant] improvement in Teddy s attitude since you had a talk with him. 02. I wonder what the [significance] of the snake is on the Mexican flag. 03. Mahatma Gandhi once said that whatever one does will be… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • significant — sig|nif|i|cant W1S3 [sıgˈnıfıkənt] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of significare; SIGNIFY] 1.) having an important effect or influence, especially on what will happen in the future ≠ ↑insignificant ▪ His most… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • significant — adjective 1 having an important effect or influence, especially on what will happen in the future: His most significant political achievement was the abolition of the death penalty. | Please inform us if there are any significant changes in your… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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