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 significans, significant-, present participle of significare, 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).
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Latin significans, present participle of significare, from signum, "sign", + ficare, "do" or "make", variant of facere.