salience

noun
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 Republicans vying to replace Newsom are attempting to channel the outrage among many parents here about the slow reopening of public schools -- and that's an issue that has particular salience in the Latino community. Zachary B. Wolf And Maeve Reston, CNN, "What Caitlyn Jenner's launch means for the brewing California recall," 24 Apr. 2021 Republicans and some economists have begun to warn of overheating growth spurring runaway inflation, which could reduce the salience of warnings that tax increases would cause growth to stall. Jim Tankersley And Emily Cochrane New York Times, Star Tribune, "Under Biden, Democrats poised to raise taxes on businesses and the rich," 27 Mar. 2021 Republicans and some economists have begun to warn of overheating growth spurring runaway inflation, which could reduce the salience of warnings that tax increases would cause growth to stall. New York Times, "Under Biden, Democrats Are Poised to Raise Taxes on Business and the Rich," 27 Mar. 2021 This in turn triggers a person's reward center in their brain to release dopamine, the neurotransmitter involved in pleasure and salience. Anne Mccarthy, Wired, "Why Retro-Looking Games Get So Much Love," 21 Mar. 2021 Misconceptions and polarizing politics seemed to have overshadowed the salience of Black History Month. Blake D. Morant, Forbes, "A Postlude On Black History Month," 1 Mar. 2021 Because the Supreme Court has already ruled that the CFPB director may be removed by the president without cause, the case now has even more constitutional salience. Peter J. Wallison, National Review, "Why Is Congress Giving Its Powers Away?," 29 Mar. 2021 One thing that makes Colombia and Venezuela different from much of Latin America is that socialism as a brand has a very specific, very high salience meaning in those countries. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Emerging Conservative Coalition," 3 Mar. 2021 The concept took on greater salience last year as people grappled with the deaths of unarmed Black people at the hands of police, Price said, and people are recognizing that each community’s ability to thrive is related to the others. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, "Many Americans of color call for unity against white supremacy after Atlanta killings," 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of salience

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Salience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salience. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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