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English noun: significance

1. significance (attribute) the quality of being significant

SamplesDo not underestimate the significance of nuclear power.

Broader (hypernym)importance

Narrower (hyponym)consequence, historicalness, import, meaningfulness, moment

Attributeimportant, insignificant, significant, unimportant


2. significance (cognition) a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

SamplesThe significance of his remark became clear only later.
The expectation was spread both by word and by implication.

Synonymsimplication, import

Broader (hypernym)meaning, substance

3. significance (communication) the message that is intended or expressed or signified

SamplesWhat is the meaning of this sentence.
The significance of a red traffic light.
The signification of Chinese characters.
The import of his announcement was ambiguous.

Synonymsimport, meaning, signification

Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance

Narrower (hyponym)burden, connotation, core, effect, essence, gist, grammatical meaning, intension, intent, lesson, lexical meaning, moral, nicety, nuance, overtone, point, purport, referent, refinement, sense, shade, signified, spirit, subtlety, symbolisation, symbolization

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