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## sig·nif·i·cant

(sig-nif'i-kănt),
In statistics, denoting the reliability of a finding or, conversely, the probability of the finding being the result of chance (generally less than 5%).
[L. significo, to make known, signify, fr. signum, sign, + facio, to make]

## significant

/sig·nif·i·cant/ (sig-nif´ĭ-kant) in statistics, probably resulting from something other than chance.

## significant

adjective Important, critical.

## sig·nif·i·cant

(sig-nif'i-kănt)
In statistics, denoting the reliability of a finding or, conversely, the probability of the finding being the result of chance (generally less than 5%).
[L. significo, to make known, signify, fr. signum, sign, + facio, to make]

## significant

said of an experimental result when it is greater than would be expected by chance. The degree of the significance can be expressed as a percentage, given the likely probability of the results occurring.

significant digit
the number of decimal places for which the result is accurate.
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Exact numbers are known with complete certainty and are considered to have an infinite number of significant digits.
The correlations between course satisfaction and students' attitudes toward collaborative and vicarious interaction, while significant, were relatively weak.
During its post-closing adjustment review process, the company should accumulate and review any significant nonposted reconciling items identified from the reconciliations and other uncorrected/unrecorded accounting entries identified during other review processes to determine whether the books should be reopened and any or all of these entries posted.
Two or three depending on whether the measured value reflects an accuracy of [+ or -] 1 mL (three significant figures) or an accuracy of [+ or -] 10 mL (two significant figures), in which case, it would be better to have reported it as 9.
39) A practitioner is only permitted to issue a marketed opinion if he or she concludes that the taxpayer will prevail on the merits at a confidence level of at least more likely than not with respect to each significant federal tax issue.
4) The six-fold difference between that rate and the rate seen with the harmonic scalpel in the current study is both clinically and statistically significant.
Much of this work has grown to deliver significant results already; with the new focus, great things are expected in the future.
A lot of people think significant ecological areas bring development to a halt,'' Lowry said.
Observations of the differences between pre- and post evaluation mean scores for the social studies test revealed significant gains in the four experimental classes.
We just secured a Canadian Tire in that location, which is significant because it is important to have an anchor in there.
There were no significant differences between treatment groups in background characteristics.

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