1. the quality or state of being important; consequence; significance.
  2. important position or standing; personal or social consequence.
  3. consequential air or manner: an air of bustling importance.
  4. Obsolete. an important matter.
  5. Obsolete. importunity.
  6. Obsolete. import or meaning.


  1. the state of being important; significance
  2. social status; standing; esteema man of importance
  3. obsolete
    1. meaning or signification
    2. an important matter
    3. importunity

c.1500, from Middle French importance or directly from Medieval Latin importantia, from importantem (see important).

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