AskDefine | Define significant

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significant adj
1 important in effect or meaning; "a significant change in tax laws"; "a significant change in the Constitution"; "a significant contribution"; "significant details"; "statistically significant" [syn: important] [ant: insignificant]
2 fairly large; "won by a substantial margin" [syn: substantial]
3 too closely correlated to be attributed to chance and therefore indicating a systematic relation; "the interaction effect is significant at the .01 level"; "no significant difference was found" [ant: nonsignificant]
4 rich in significance or implication; "a meaning look"; "pregnant with meaning" [syn: meaning(a), pregnant]

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  1. Signifying something; carrying meaning.
  2. Having a covert or hidden meaning
  3. Having a noticeable or major effect; notable
    That was a very significant step in the right direction.
  4. Reasonably large in number or amount
  5. Having a low probability of occurring by chance (for example, having high correlation and thus likely to be related).


having noticeable effect

Extensive Definition

Significance can refer to:
significant in German: Signifikanz

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