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Importance is a subjective indicator of value. As a concept, importance is the recognized attribution of a subject's significance or value as defined by a perspective. In its most basic form, importance is used to define subjects that are essential and relevant from those that are not. A subject that is defined as of having no importance is often seen as having no value.


Merriam-Webster defines "important" as "marked by or indicative of significant worth or consequence: valuable in content or relationship".[1] Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary defines "important" as "having serious meaning or worth, deserving or requiring serious attention, and having power, authority, or influence".[2]

It has been suggested that "the concept of importance appears to be so fundamental that a satisfactory analysis of it may not be possible at all".[3]

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  1. ^ "Important". Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ ""Important"". Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ Harry G. Frankfurt, The Importance of What We Care About: Philosophical Essays (1988), p. 82.