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signification

[sig-nuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌsɪg nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
meaning; import; sense.
2.
the act or fact of signifying; indication.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English significacion (< Old French signification, significaciun) < Latin significātiōn- (stem of significātiō) signal, emphasis, meaning, equivalent to significāt(us), past participle of significāre to signify (see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonsignification, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for signification

signification

/ˌsɪɡnɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
something that is signified; meaning or sense
2.
the act of signifying
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Word Origin and History for signification
n.

early 14c., "symbolization, representation," from Old French significacion and directly from Latin significationem (nominative significatio) "a signifying, indication, expression, sign, token, meaning, emphasis," noun of action from past participle stem of significare "make known, indicate" (see signify). From late 14c. as "meaning" (of a word, etc.).

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