Definition of significance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the importance of something, especially when this has an effect on what happens in the future a decision of major political significance The new drug has great significance for the treatment of the disease. They discussed the statistical significance of the results. We should be fully aware of the significance of television in shaping our ideas. AWL Collocationssignificantsignificant adjectiveimportant; so large that you notice itchange, difference, effect, impact, improvement, increase, reduction contribution correlationThere were significant climatic differences, including an unusually wet season followed by dry seasons.statisticallyIt is necessary to carry out a trial on a statistically significant number of individuals.highlyThe museum owns highly significant and valuable works.culturally, economically, historically, morally, politically, sociallyThe collection includes historically significant letters from American presidents.proveThe research could prove significant in medical and biotechnology fields.insignificant adjectivedetail decrease, difference, increaseI will return to these apparently insignificant details in the last section of this paper.statisticallyThe small sample size is statistically insignificant.apparently, seemingly relativelySeemingly insignificant scratches in glass may cause breakage.significance nounstatisticalIn the test, high variability resulted in a lack of statistical significance.assess grasp downplay, underestimateThere are two very different ways to assess the broader significance of these events.significantly adverbin a noticeable waydiffer, varyActual markets differ significantly from perfectly competitive markets.lower (than)Significantly lower numbers of seals were observed at low tide.
  2. 2the meaning of something She couldn't grasp the full significance of what he had said. Do these symbols have any particular significance?
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