important


important
important, importantly
Both words have a special elliptical use dating from the 1930s, in which one or other stands by itself (or qualified by more, most, etc.) as a kind of sentence adverb:

• Perhaps more importantly, income not applied to exclusively charitable purposes is not exempt from taxation —Times, 1972

• But, more important, a linked policy can be encashed —surrendered —before maturity date —Daily Telegraph, 1973

• But most important of all, we begin by giving you the training you need —Scientific American, 1973

• More important, Mr Deng gave China a new revolutionary vision in the decade of reform from 1978 —Economist, 1991

• In Nigeria he is at the more liberal end of the Christian spectrum. More importantly, he is in the front line of relations between Christianity and Islam —Times, 2007.

The use of (more etc.) importantly is sometimes criticized on the grounds that (more etc.) important (elliptical for what is more important) is adequate, but both words are commonly used in this way and importantly conforms more closely than important does to the regular type of sentence adverb.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • important — important, ante [ ɛ̃pɔrtɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1476; it. importante → importance I ♦ (Choses) 1 ♦ Qui importe; qui a beaucoup d intérêt, de grandes conséquences. ⇒ considérable, grand. Question importante. ⇒ majeur. Rôle important. Extrêmement… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • important — important, ante (in por tan, tan t ) adj. 1°   Qui importe, qui est de conséquence, qui est considérable. Il est important de se hâter. •   Une perte si importante, VAUGEL. Q. C. p. 180. •   Un mot important pour ton bien, Et qui peut établir ton …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • important — IMPORTÁNT, Ă, importanţi, te, adj. Care are însemnătate, valoare; însemnat. ♦ (Despre persoane) De vază; remarcabil, ilustru. ♦ (ir.) Care se crede om de seamă; plin de aroganţă, îngâmfat. – Din fr. important. Trimis de gall, 13.09.2007. Sursa:… …   Dicționar Român

  • important — Important, [import]ante. adj. Qui importe, qui est de consequence, qui est considerable. Discours important, mot important, parole importante. cette affaire est fort importante. la faute que vous avez faite est plus importante que vous ne pensez …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Important — Im*por tant, a. [F. important. See {Import}, v. t.] 1. Full of, or burdened by, import; charged with great interests; restless; anxious. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Thou hast strength as much As serves to execute a mind very important. Chapman. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • important — (adj.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. important and directly from M.L. importantem (nom. importans), prp. of importare be significant in, from L. importare bring in (see IMPORT (Cf. import)). Related: Importantly …   Etymology dictionary

  • important — [adj1] valuable, substantial big, big league*, chief, considerable, conspicuous, critical, crucial, decisive, determining, earnest, essential, esteemed, exceptional, exigent, extensive, far reaching, foremost, front page*, grave, great, heavy,… …   New thesaurus

  • important — I (urgent) adjective acute, called for, clamant, clamorous, cogent, compelling, critical, crucial, crying, demanding attention, driving, essential, exigent, high priority, impelling, imperative, importunate, in demand, indispensable, inescapable …   Law dictionary

  • important — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of great significance or value. 2) having high rank or social status. DERIVATIVES importance noun importantly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • important — [im pôrt′ nt] adj. [Fr < OIt importante < ML importans, prp. of importare: see IMPORT] 1. meaning a great deal; having much significance, consequence, or value 2. having, or acting as if having, power, authority, influence, high position,… …   English World dictionary


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