- Signifying something; carrying meaning.
- a significant word or sound; a significant look
- It was well said of Plotinus, that the stars were significant, but not efficient.
Percy Fitzgerald, The Supercargo's Story
- As evening came on, it grew prematurely dark and cloudy; while the waves acquired that dull indigo tint so significant of ugly weather.
- Having a covert or hidden meaning.
- Having a noticeable or major effect; notable.
- That was a significant step in the right direction.
- The First World War was a significant event.
- Reasonably large in number or amount.
- (statistics) Having a low probability of occurring by chance (for example, having high correlation and thus likely to be related).
- French: significatif
- German: signifikant, bedeutend
- Italian: significativo, epocale, rimarchevole
- Portuguese: significativo
- Russian: значи́тельный
- Spanish: importante, significativo
significant (plural significants)
- That which has significance; a sign; a token; a symbol.
- 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iv]:
- In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts.