Definition of "salience" [sa•li•ence]

  • The quality or condition of being salient. (noun)
  • A pronounced feature or part; a highlight. (noun)

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Use "salience" in a sentence
  • "But these issues will gain salience when the economy recovers and energy prices go back up."
  • "If political salience is the question -- more rather than less -- wouldn't it be more fruitful to speak directly about politics through essays, op-eds, and speeches than to distort one's "creative" work by bending it to the political winds?"
  • "Further research is required to determine whether the change is simply associated with short-term increases in consumption from a perceived novelty of new pictures on trays, or if the images are generating long-term salience in students' minds."