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  1. the message that is intended or expressed or signified
    the signification of Chinese characters
    the import of his announcement was ambiguous
    what is the meaning of this sentence
    the significance of a red traffic light
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How To Use signification In A Sentence

  • The proper signification of hosanna is that which we find, Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)
  • From the fourteenth century onwards, other properties were also abandoned, so that finally the important lasting properties were signification, supposition, ampliation and restriction, and the supposition of relatives. Medieval Theories: Properties of Terms
  • We meet the commixture of materials and things in our excavation whose object is, among other things, to reorder, to abolish the disorder of collapse and dilapidation, to find significance and signification in the apparent chaos.
  • Terms that have both are called appellative terms and should be distinguished from substance terms or natural kind terms, which have signification by imposition. Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy
  • In the duty of accumulation -- and I call it a _duty_, in the most strict and literal signification of that word -- all below a competence is most valuable, and its acquisition most laudable; but all above a fortune is a misfortune. Choice Specimens of American Literature, and Literary Reader Being Selections from the Chief American Writers
  • I. ii.188 (19,2) [There is a prone and speechless dialect] I can scarcely tell what signification to give to the word _prone_. Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies
  • But so far has he been from stirring and taking away that which is, or contradicting that which evidently appears, that he casts not so much as one single word out of the accustomed use; but taking away all figurative fraud that might hurt or endamage things, he again restored the ordinary and useful signification to words in these verses: - Essays and Miscellanies
  • The French adventurers, however, seem always to have restricted the word "boucanier" to its proper signification, that of a hunter and curer of meat; and when they developed into corsairs, by a curious contrast they adopted an English name and called themselves "filibustiers," which is merely the French sailor's way of pronouncing the English word "freebooter." [ The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century
  • Derrida insisted that the very way in which language functions, that is, signification, necessitates an unbridgeable gap between the signifier and the signified.
  • The foxed corners and their yellowing hue recalled the nightmarish quality of those hours, his feverish lucubration, searching for their order, for their signification. At Swim, Two Boys
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