importance (n.)
import, subject-matter
Cym I.v.39[Frenchman to Posthumus] it had been pity you should have been put together ... upon importance of so slight and trivial a nature [or: instigation, prompting]
WT V.ii.18[First Gentleman to Autolycus, of Leontes' and Camillo's reactions] the wisest beholder that knew no more but seeing could not say if th'importance were joy or sorrow
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