- The definition of significant is having meaning, influence or importance.
An example of significant is the first person to undergo a heart transplant.
- having or expressing a meaning
- full of meaning
- important; momentous
- having or conveying a special or hidden meaning; suggestive
- of or pertaining to an observed departure from a hypothesis too large to be reasonably attributed to chance: a significant statistical difference
Origin of significantClassical Latin significans, present participle of significare, to signify
- a. Having or expressing a meaning: Are the markings on the stone significant?b. Having or expressing a covert or nonverbal meaning; suggestive: a significant glance.
- Having or likely to have a major effect; important: a significant change in the tax laws.
- Fairly large in amount or quantity: significant casualties; no significant opposition.
- Statistics Of or relating to observations or occurrences that are too closely correlated to be attributed to chance and therefore indicate a systematic relationship.
Origin of significantLatin significāns, significant-, present participle of significāre, to signify; see signify.
(comparative more significant, superlative most significant)
- Signifying something; carrying meaning.
- a significant word or sound; a significant look
- Having a covert or hidden meaning.
- Having a noticeable or major effect; notable.
- That was a significant step in the right direction.
- The First World War was a significant event.
- Reasonably large in number or amount.
- (statistics) Having a low probability of occurring by chance (for example, having high correlation and thus likely to be related).
From Latin significans, present participle of significare, from signum, "sign", + ficare, "do" or "make", variant of facere.