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magnitude

noun

Definition: 1. large extent, size, or quantity; 2. the significance, importance, or quality of something

Synonyms: scope, dimension, extent, size, significance, importance

Antonyms: insignificance

Tips: Magnitude has several specialized uses. In astronomy, magnitude is a measure of a star or other celestial body's brightness. In geology, magnitude is a measurement of earthquakes. In mathematics, magnitude refers to a quantity expressed in multiples of a standard. In general, use magnitude to refer to the scope or size of something.

Usage Examples:

Despite repeated warnings by others, they did not realize the magnitude of the problem until it was too late. (significance, extent)

It will be difficult to estimate the magnitude of the discovery without further experimentation. (importance, significance)

None of the economists are willing to predict the length or magnitude of the expected economic recovery. (scope, extent)

He didnít fully grasp the magnitude of his new promotion until he was faced with some daunting responsibilities. (importance, extent)


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