sa·​lience | \ ˈsā-lyən(t)s How to pronounce salience (audio) , -lē-ən(t)s \

Definition of salience

1 : the quality or state of being salient
2 : a striking point or feature : highlight

Examples of salience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advocates within the administration have warned against underestimating the political salience of the issue among young voters, while arguing that loan cancellation will give low-income and minority Americans more economic breathing room. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, 25 July 2022 The prevalence of guns and their political salience to overwhelmingly law-abiding gun owners explain the intractability of this issue more than a gun lobby that, at an institutional level, has never been weaker. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 26 May 2022 The problem is that these issues are either low salience or counterbalanced by other factors, above all, rampant inflation. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 13 May 2022 Yet, none of this seems to translate into political salience. Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 15 Nov. 2021 But the issue is taking on new salience after the recent leak of an early draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe, with additional reports emerging indicating a majority of court supports doing so. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 11 May 2022 The concept of genocide has special salience in some of the nations that emerged from Soviet control in the post-Cold War era. Daniel Rothenberg, CNN, 9 Apr. 2022 That last example has particular salience when considering how the Apple Watch is affecting wearable tech. John Bradley, Outside Online, 14 May 2015 But the word has taken on a new salience since the Russian invasion of Ukraine — and the moves by Western nations to impose sanctions against Russia and the industry tycoons who orbit President Vladimir Putin. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of salience

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Salience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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