importantly

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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  • importantly — [im pôrt′ ntlē] adv. 1. in an important or, often, self important way or manner 2. it is important to note (that) [he left and, more importantly, never came back] * * * See important. * * * …   Universalium

  • importantly — [im pôrt′ ntlē] adv. 1. in an important or, often, self important way or manner 2. it is important to note (that) [he left and, more importantly, never came back] …   English World dictionary

  • Importantly — Im*por tant*ly, adv. In an important manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • importantly — adverb Date: 1611 1. in an important way < contributed importantly to the language of the field Ernst Mayr > < cleared his throat importantly and waited E. K. Gann > < the real story is importantly different Alexander Woollcott > 2. it is… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • importantly — adverb 1 more/equally/less importantly (sentence adverb) used to show that the next statement or question is more, equally etc important than what you said before it: Most importantly, you must keep a record of everything you do. 2 in a way that… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • importantly — im|por|tant|ly [ımˈpo:təntli US o:r ] adv 1.) [sentence adverb] used to show that your next statement or question is more, equally etc important than what you said before more/most/less/equally importantly ▪ Most importantly, you must keep a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • importantly — im|por|tant|ly [ ım pɔrtntli ] adverb ** 1. ) used for emphasizing that something is important: Importantly, these measures were accepted by all political parties. How did Jamie know? And, more importantly, what did he know? 2. ) in a way that… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • importantly */*/ — UK [ɪmˈpɔː(r)t(ə)ntlɪ] / US [ɪmˈpɔrt(ə)ntlɪ] adverb 1) used for emphasizing that something is important Importantly, these measures were accepted by all political parties. How did Jamie know? And, more importantly, what did he know? 2) in a way… …   English dictionary

  • importantly — adverb 1. in an important way or to an important degree (Freq. 1) more importantly, Weber held that the manifold meaning attached to the event by the social scientist could alter his definition of the concrete event itself • Syn: ↑significantly • …   Useful english dictionary

  • importantly — adv. Importantly is used with these verbs: ↑contribute …   Collocations dictionary

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