Hypertext Webster Gateway: "importance"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Importance \Im*por"tance\, n. [F. importance. See {Important}.]
1. The quality or state of being important; consequence;
weight; moment; significance.

Thy own importance know, Nor bound thy narrow views
to things below. --Pope.

2. Subject; matter. [Obs.]

Upon importance of so slight and trivial a nature.

3. Import; meaning; significance. [Obs.]

The wisest beholder could not say if the importance
were joy or sorrow. --Shak.

4. Importunity; solicitation. [Obs.]

At our importance hither is he come. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the quality of being important and worthy of note; "the
importance of a well-balanced diet" [ant: {unimportance}]
2: a prominent status; "a person of importance" [syn: {grandness}]

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