importance


importance
im•por•tance
[[t]ɪmˈpɔr tns[/t]] n.
1) the quality or state of being important; significance
2) Obs. an important matter
3) Obs. importunity
4) Obs. import; meaning
syn: importance, consequence, significance, moment refer to something valuable, influential, or worthy of note. importance is the most general of these terms, assigning exceptional value or influence to a person or thing: the importance of Einstein's discoveries. consequence may suggest personal distinction, or may suggest importance based on results to be produced: a woman of consequence in world affairs; an event of great consequence for our future. significance carries the implication of importance not readily or immediately recognized: The significance of the discovery became clear many years later. moment, on the other hand, usu. refers to immediately apparent, self-evident importance: an international treaty of great moment.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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