The quality or condition of being important; significance.(noun)
Personal status; standing.(noun)
Obsolete An important matter.(noun)
Obsolete Meaning; import.(noun)
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Use "importance" in a sentence
"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."
""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."