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importance definition


This page has 6 definitions of importance in English and French. Importance is a noun. Also define these 11 related words and terms: quality, condition, important, worthy, note, significance, prominence, personal, status, standing, and importance.

English importance definition


Borrowed from Middle French importance, from Medieval Latin importantia.



importance (countable and uncountable, plural importances)

  1. The quality or condition of being important or worthy of note.
    • Note definition
      A symbol or annotation.
      1. A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a visible sign; a character; a distinctive mark or feature; a characteristic quality.
      2. A mark, or sign, made to call attention, to point out something to notice, or the like; a sign, or token, proving or giving evidence.
      3. A brief remark; a marginal comment or explanation; hence, an annotation on a text or author; a comment; a critical, explanatory, or illustrative observation.
      (1 of 23 note definitions)
  2. significance or prominence.
  3. personal status or standing.
    • Personal definition
      Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things. (1 of 6 personal definitions)
  4. Something of importance.
    • 1895, Kenneth Graham, The Golden Age, London, page 5:
      It was incessant matter for amazement how these Olympians would talk over our heads - during meals, for instance - of this or the other social or political inanity, under the delusion that these pale phantasms of reality were among the importances of life.


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French importance definition


From Medieval Latin importantia.



importance f (plural importances)

  1. importance
  2. significance

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