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saliency

[ sey-lee-uh n-see, seyl-yuh n- ]
/ ˈseɪ li ən si, ˈseɪl yən- /
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noun, plural sa·li·en·cies.

salience.

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protuberance, salience, protuberancy

Nearby words

salicylate, salicylic, salicylic acid, salicylism, salience, saliency, salient, salientian, saliently, salieri, salieri, antonio

Origin of saliency

First recorded in 1655–65; see origin at salient, -ency
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Examples from the Web for saliency

  • Nor is the deficit, which has lost its saliency since it was cut in half to $500 billion.

    The Only Way for Democrats to Win|Jonathan Alter|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • I would not seem to stress either the saliency or the significance of these incidents.

    On the Stairs|Henry B. Fuller
  • Inflection, especially in union with pause, serves an important function in indicating the saliency of specific ideas or words.

  • Popularly, the portraits of heroes and notabilities are distinct in proportion to the number and saliency of their blemishes.

Word Origin and History for saliency

saliency


n.

1660s, "leaping, jumping;" see salient (adj.) + -cy. From 1834 as "salience."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper