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November 29, 2021

Salience / ˈseɪlɪəns/ noun 

Definition: Salience is the state of being clear and conspicuous in thought or vision. It also refers to the quality or state of being relevant or important.

Salience is something that is attention-getting or worthy of notice, attracting the greatest share of one’s visual attention. It is something that is psychologically prominent or has a property that makes it especially noticeable or important to perception.

Etymology: Middle English saliente “jutting” (adj.), from Latin salire.

In a Sentence

He spoke with much salience during his speech.

Her face glowed with the salience of her love for him.

The moonlight had a dazed, dreamlike quality, giving the darkness a salience that was almost tactile.


Clarity, Conspicuity, Striking


Inconspicuousness, Indiscernibility


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