[sey-lee-uhns, seyl-yuhns]
the state or condition of being salient.
a salient or projecting object, part, or feature.

1830–40; see salient, -ence Unabridged
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salient (ˈseɪlɪənt)
1.  prominent, conspicuous, or striking: a salient feature
2.  Compare re-entrant (esp in fortifications) projecting outwards at an angle of less than 180°
3.  geometry Compare re-entrant (of an angle) pointing outwards from a polygon and hence less than 180°
4.  (esp of animals) leaping
5.  military a projection of the forward line into enemy-held territory
6.  a salient angle
[C16: from Latin salīre to leap]

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Example sentences
We are all still wearing our badges out of reflex, but the credentials inside shiny pouches have lost salience.
But whereas the political salience of greenery has wilted, the government's environmental policies are holding up.
Given the salience of this, it's of some importance to teach ourselves to make distinctions.
At the same time, the question of the role of deterrence has taken on renewed salience abroad.
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