Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. peteryoung's Avatar

    • Join Date: May 2005
    • Posts: 172
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    The word 'importance'

    Webster Dictionary defines 'importance' as 'the quality or state of being important'.
    What's unclear to me is what 'quality' is and what 'state' is.
    When does the word 'importance' denote a quality and when does it denote a state?
    Thanks a lot!

  2. Mister Micawber's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Sep 2004
    • Posts: 1,854
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: The word 'importance'

    .
    Interesting question, Peter-- and you will find the same phraseology with many definitions-- they are words used to try to generally define nouns: states, conditions, qualities, etc. I am not sure that there is much real difference. Lexicographic language is much like legal language-- it tends to be redundant and overlapping, in an attempt to cover all possibilities.

    'The importance of a politician determines the respect he inspires in his colleagues' -- a quality, perhaps.

    'The importance that the issue of Roe vs Wade has attained in American jurisprudence cannot be underestimated'-- a state?

    .

  3. peteryoung's Avatar

    • Join Date: May 2005
    • Posts: 172
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: The word 'importance'

    Great thanks goes to you!:)

Similar Threads

  1. The meaning with no word . . .
    By ScaryEders in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-May-2009, 08:15
  2. One word
    By sharath in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 16-Jun-2005, 17:36
  3. Word Checker 1 - The Dolch basic word list
    By Tdol in forum UsingEnglish.com Content
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 24-May-2004, 14:26
  4. Word Checker 1 - The Dolch basic word list
    By Tdol in forum UsingEnglish.com Content
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 19-Apr-2004, 16:30
  5. Questions about Inversions - Inverted Word Order
    By Anonymous in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 31-May-2003, 23:43

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •