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

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And this means of stymying the Mueller investigation would be of lower salience than actually firing him while producing some similar benefits. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Matt Whitaker suggested the attorney general might keep Robert Mueller’s conclusions secret forever," 7 Nov. 2018 Those costs can include, but are not limited to, issue salience, the ease with which voters are able to register to vote and to cast a ballot, a country’s electoral system, the frequency of elections, and when in the week elections are held. Chayenne Polimedio, Vox, "Is voting a civic right or a civic duty?," 6 Nov. 2018 The argument between Democrats who favored and opposed the war in Iraq lost political salience — especially with Iraq opponent Obama in the White House selecting supporter Hillary Clinton to run the State Department. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Netroots Nation, explained," 2 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of salience

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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