the quality or state of being important; consequence; significance.
important position or standing; personal or social consequence.
consequential air or manner: an air of bustling importance.
Obsolete. an important matter.
Obsolete, importunity.
Obsolete, import or meaning.

1495–1505; < Medieval Latin importantia. See important, -ance

preimportance, noun
unimportance, noun

importance, impotence (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. moment, weight, concern. Importance, consequence, significance, moment all signify something valuable, influential, or worthy of note. Importance is the most general of these, assigning exceptional or notable value or influence to a person or thing: the importance of Einstein's discoveries. Consequence may suggest outstanding personal quality or position, or it may suggest importance because of results to be produced: a woman of consequence in world affairs; an event of great consequence for our future. Significance can be used interchangeably with importance or consequence, but it carries also the implication of importance that is not readily or immediately recognized: The significance of the discovery only became clear years later. Moment on the other hand, almost always refers to immediately apparent, self-evident importance: a change of great moment for the nation's political system. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To importance
World English Dictionary
importance (ɪmˈpɔːtəns)
1.  the state of being important; significance
2.  social status; standing; esteem: a man of importance
3.  obsolete
 a.  meaning or signification
 b.  an important matter
 c.  importunity

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
He was overburdened not so much by the weight of his learning as by a mistaken sense of its importance and authority.
Neither do letters that spend paragraph after paragraph describing your
  dissertation and its importance to the field.
The rising importance of the world's new giants will not only boost growth.
The finding highlights the importance of females in understanding evolution of
  primate society, say scientists.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature