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significance

[sig-nif-i-kuh ns] /sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kəns/
noun
1.
importance; consequence:
the significance of the new treaty.
2.
meaning; import:
The familiar place had a new significance for her.
3.
the quality of being significant or having a meaning:
to give significance to dull chores.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin significantia force, meaning, equivalent to significant- (see significant) + -ia -ia; see -ance
Related forms
nonsignificance, noun
self-significance, noun
Synonyms
1. moment, weight. See importance. 2. See meaning.
Antonyms
1. triviality.
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British Dictionary definitions for self-significance

significance

/sɪɡˈnɪfɪkəns/
noun
1.
consequence or importance
2.
something signified, expressed, or intended
3.
the state or quality of being significant
4.
(statistics)
  1. a measure of the confidence that can be placed in a result, esp a substantive causal hypothesis, as not being merely a matter of chance
  2. (as modifier): a significance level Compare confidence level See also hypothesis testing
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Word Origin and History for self-significance

significance

n.

c.1400, "meaning," from Old French significance or directly from Latin significantia "meaning, force, energy," from significans, present participle of significare "to mean, import, signify" (see signify). The earlier word was signifiance (mid-13c.). Meaning "importance" is from 1725. Related: Significancy.

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