sa·​lience | \ˈsā-lyən(t)s, -lē-ən(t)s\

Definition of salience 

1 : the quality or state of being salient

2 : a striking point or feature : highlight

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In a measure of the salience of the issue of student debt, Millennial Money Man boasts some 2 million readers this year, Hoyt said. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Students, families struggle to repay billions in crushing loan debts," 6 Sep. 2018 But there’s little doubt that the salience of Supreme Court control would have been higher in such a campaign. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "In Hindsight, Democrats Really Mishandled That Merrick Garland Thing," 26 June 2018 To gain public salience, however, many other accounts must take up that same hashtag in their own tweets. Marc Jones, Washington Post, "A plague of Twitter bots is roiling the Middle East," 5 June 2018 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shock victory last week over Rep. Joe Crowley in a New York Democratic primary—after campaigning on abolition of ICE—signaled the issue’s salience to some in the Democratic base. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Democrats Weigh Politics of Calls to Eliminate ICE," 2 July 2018 Other factors had greater salience when people cast their ballots. Dan Balz, Washington Post, "Biden vs. Trump: How low can you go?," 22 Mar. 2018 By inflating the importance and salience of specific political figures, millions of bots are drowning out citizens’ opinions with the voice of a small authoritarian elite. Marc Jones, Washington Post, "A plague of Twitter bots is roiling the Middle East," 5 June 2018 Propaganda bots operating in the gulf do not attempt to engage other users directly, tending instead to focus on increasing the public salience of statements tweeted by prominent human accounts. Marc Jones, Washington Post, "A plague of Twitter bots is roiling the Middle East," 5 June 2018 The speed with which Active Shooter’s demise happened is in part because of the new political salience school shootings have gained in recent months. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The Rapid Retraction of a School-Shooting Video Game," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of salience

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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