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 for significance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Significance \Sig*nif"i*cance\, Significancy \Sig*nif"i*can*cy\,
     n. [L. significantia.]
     1. The quality or state of being significant.
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     2. That which is signified; meaning; import; as, the
        significance of a nod, of a motion of the hand, or of a
        word or expression.
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     3. Importance; moment; weight; consequence.
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              With this brain I must work, in order to give
              significancy and value to the few facts which I
              possess.                              --De Quincey.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  significance
      n 1: the quality of being significant; "do not underestimate the
           significance of nuclear power" [ant: insignificance]
      2: a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred;
         "the significance of his remark became clear only later";
         "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication"
         [syn: significance, import, implication]
      3: the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what
         is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red
         traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters";
         "the import of his announcement was ambiguous" [syn:
         meaning, significance, signification, import]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  135 Moby Thesaurus words for "significance":
     accent, acceptation, affective meaning, authority, balefulness,
     banefulness, bearing, bodefulness, coloring, concern, concernment,
     connotation, consequence, consequentiality, consideration,
     conspicuousness, content, credit, denotation, direness,
     distinction, doomfulness, drift, effect, elevation, eminence,
     emphasis, essence, exaltation, excellence, expressiveness,
     extension, fatality, fatefulness, force, gist, grammatical meaning,
     grandeur, greatness, high mightiness, high order, high rank, idea,
     impact, implication, import, importance, impression, influence,
     intelligibility, intendment, intension, interest, interpretability,
     lexical meaning, literal meaning, loftiness, magnitude, mark,
     materiality, meaning, meaningfulness, meatiness, merit, message,
     moment, momentousness, nobility, notability, note, ominousness,
     outstandingness, overtone, paramountcy, perfection, pertinence,
     pith, pithiness, point, portent, portentousness,
     practical consequence, precedence, preeminence, pregnancy,
     presagefulness, prestige, primacy, priority, prominence, purport,
     range of meaning, readability, real meaning, reference, referent,
     relation, relevance, scope, self-importance, semantic cluster,
     semantic field, sense, sententiousness, significancy,
     significantness, signification, significatum, signifie,
     sinisterness, span of meaning, spirit, stress, structural meaning,
     sublimity, substance, suggestiveness, sum, sum and substance,
     supereminence, superiority, supremacy, symbolic meaning, tenor,
     totality of associations, transferred meaning, unadorned meaning,
     understanding, undertone, value, vein, virtue, weight, weightiness,
     worth
  
  

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