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im·por·tance

importance

 
 
pronunciation:
ihm por tns
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part of speech: noun
definition: the quality or condition of being important.
The doctor talked about the importance of a healthy diet.
antonyms:
insignificance
similar words:
account, consequence, emphasis, gravity, magnitude, significance, weight
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The word importance contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.