American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving as an external sign or symbol of some fact; having a representative signification; intentionally suggestive and almost declaratory; showing forth an internal meaning.
- Significant; serving as a premise from which some state of things may be inferred; conveying a covert meaning.
- adj. That tends to signify or indicate; indicative
- adj. That has meaning or significance; significant
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Betokening or representing by an external sign.
- adj. Having signification or meaning; expressive of a meaning or purpose; significant.
- adj. (usually followed by `of') pointing out or revealing clearly
- Latin significativus: compare French significatif. (Wiktionary)
“They must say the words significative, that is with the intention of consecrating (Benedict XIV, de SS.”
“Non very significative but it sounds pretty rude, anyway.”
“Thank you Dougal for sharing so significative story .”
“Pour la première fois, nous sommes confrontés à la limite de notre croissance et nous avons déjà consommé une part significative de nos ressources.”
“In any case, it would not be just generical "offspring" but specifically male offspring the ones who would have the relative advantage and also this advantage would require some significative ammount of Rh- women in the population in any case.”
“Anyway, any Murdoch move is significative in the US election.”
“Turkey is the traditional dish in Thanksgiving, one of America's most significative holidays, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.”
“Dilthey specifically follows Husserl in his account of how language contributes to "significative apprehension" (Dilthey 2002, 60).”
“And because words (and consequently the attributes of God) have their signification by agreement and constitution of men, those attributes are to be held significative of honour that men intend shall so be; and whatsoever may be done by the wills of particular men, where there is no law but reason, may be done by the will of the Commonwealth by laws civil.”
“Saussure was seeing the indeterminably significative status of what had been supposed to be units of meaning or of legibility; the dismemberment of words”
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