from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being important; significance.
- n. Personal status; standing.
- n. Obsolete An important matter.
- n. Obsolete Meaning; import.
- n. Obsolete Importunity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality or condition of being important or worthy of note
- n. significance or prominence
- n. personal status or standing
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being important; consequence; weight; moment; significance.
- n. Subject; matter.
- n. Import; meaning; significance.
- n. Importunity; solicitation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of having much import or moment; consequence; concernment; momentousness.
- n. Personal consequence or consideration; standing; dignity; social or public position.
- n. Pretentiousness; pompousness: as, he walked in with an air of great importance.
- n. Significance; meaning; import.
- n. A matter of weight or moment.
- n. [Cf. important, 3.] Importunity; urgency.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a prominent status
- n. the quality of being important and worthy of note
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At a moment when the subject of cholera has become so deeply interesting, the good of the public can surely not be better consulted by the press than when it devotes its columns (even to the exclusion of some political and other questions of importance) to details of plain facts connected with the contagious or non-contagious nature of that malady -- a _question beyond all others regarding it, of most importance_, for upon it must hinge all sanatory or conservative regulations, and a mistake must, in the event of an epidemic breaking out, directly involve thousands in ruin.
Letters on the Cholera Morbus. Containing ample evidence that this disease, under whatever name known, cannot be transmitted from the persons of those labouring under it to other individuals, by contact—through the medium of inanimate substances—or through the medium of the atmosphere; and that all restrictions, by cordons and quarantine regulations, are, as far as regards this disease, not merely useless, but highly injurious to the community.
"I am very ready to allow that a 'divinely munificent Creator would not omit any thing which is of importance to his intelligent creatures:' and on this ground I admitted the _importance_ of revelation 'if real;' but I am yet unable to see how this is any argument in its support.
Of course, the story's main importance is as a gateway for things to come, and Dicks does really well in his last couple of paragraphs, when the travellers have once again landed on an unfamiliar planet: The Doctor was about to meet the creatures who were destined to become his greatest enemies.
Of main importance is the short writing sample each student submits for consideration.
The third network in importance is the one composed by missionary agencies and structures dedicated to sending workers, including both ecclesiastic and para-ecclesiastical groups, national or international, which are busy in the process of sending, canalizing and giving attention to workers in the field.
And here, last but not least in importance, is the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, California, fifty miles south and east of San Francisco.
Search engines, more clinical and objective, give the title importance because they see it as an indicator of the page's main idea.
They are as meaningful as a write-in vote for J.J. Further, their importance is as importance as the fact that his band has revamped their equipment, etc., etc.
You're playing a shell-game with which 'importance' is being discussed.
More importantly, you misrepresent Sagan's position. nullasalus: You're playing a shell-game with which 'importance' is being discussed.