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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sig-nif-i-kuh nt]
    • /sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kənt/
    • /sɪɡˈnɪfɪkənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sig-nif-i-kuh nt]
    • /sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kənt/

Definitions of significant word

  • adjective significant important; of consequence. 1
  • adjective significant having or expressing a meaning; indicative; suggestive: a significant wink. 1
  • adjective significant Statistics. of or relating to observations that are unlikely to occur by chance and that therefore indicate a systematic cause. 1
  • noun significant something significant; a sign. 1
  • adjective significant with meaning 1
  • adjective significant important 1

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Origin of significant

First appearance:

before 1570
One of the 33% oldest English words
1570-80; < Latin significant- (stem of significāns), present participle of significāre to signify; see -ant

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Parts of speech for Significant


significant popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

significant usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for significant

adj significant

  • powerful — physically strong, as a person: a large, powerful athlete.
  • symbolic — serving as a symbol of something (often followed by of).
  • important — of much or great significance or consequence: an important event in world history.
  • compelling — A compelling argument or reason is one that convinces you that something is true or that something should be done.
  • serious — of, showing, or characterized by deep thought.

Antonyms for significant

adj significant

  • insignificant — unimportant, trifling, or petty: Omit the insignificant details.
  • trivial — of very little importance or value; insignificant: Don't bother me with trivial matters.
  • unimportant — of much or great significance or consequence: an important event in world history.
  • meaningless — without meaning, significance, purpose, or value; purposeless; insignificant: a meaningless reply; a meaningless existence.
  • minor — lesser, as in size, extent, or importance, or being or noting the lesser of two: a minor share.

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