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prominent

[prom-uh-nuh nt] /ˈprɒm ə nənt/
adjective
1.
standing out so as to be seen easily; conspicuous; particularly noticeable:
Her eyes are her most prominent feature.
2.
standing out beyond the adjacent surface or line; projecting.
3.
leading, important, or well-known:
a prominent citizen.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin prōminent- (stem of prōminēns), present participle of prominēre to project, stand out, equivalent to pro- pro-1 + -minēre; see imminent
Related forms
prominently, adverb
nonprominent, adjective
nonprominently, adverb
overprominent, adjective
overprominently, adverb
Synonyms
2. protruding, jutting, protuberant. 3. eminent, celebrated, famous, famed, distinguished.
Antonyms
1. inconspicuous. 2. recessed. 3. unknown.
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British Dictionary definitions for prominent

prominent

/ˈprɒmɪnənt/
adjective
1.
jutting or projecting outwards
2.
standing out from its surroundings; noticeable
3.
widely known; eminent
Derived Forms
prominently, adverb
prominentness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōminēre to jut out, from pro-1 + ēminēre to project
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Word Origin and History for prominent
adj.

mid-15c., "projecting, jutting out," from Latin prominentem (nominative prominens) "prominent," present participle of prominere "jut or stand out, be prominent, overhang," from pro- "before, forward" (see pro-) + minere "to project," from minae "projections, threats" (see menace (n.)). Meaning "conspicuous" is from 1759; that of "notable, leading" is from 1849. Related: Prominently.

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prominent in Medicine

prominent prom·i·nent (prŏm'ə-nənt)
adj.

  1. Projecting outward or upward; protuberant.

  2. Immediately noticeable; conspicuous.

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