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 (sā′lē-əns, sāl′yəns) also sa·li·en·cy (sā′lē-ən-sē, sāl′yən-)
n. pl. sa·li·en·ces also sa·li·en·cies
1. The quality or condition of being salient.
2. A pronounced feature or part; a highlight.
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(ˈseɪ li əns, ˈseɪl yəns)

1. the quality of being salient.
2. a salient or projecting feature.
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Noun1.salience - the state of being salient
prominence - the state of being prominent: widely known or eminent
conspicuousness - the state of being conspicuous
visibility, profile - degree of exposure to public notice; "that candidate does not have sufficient visibility to win an election"
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References in classic literature ?
No portrait by a great modern master could have presented him with more intensity, thrust him out of his frame with more art, as if there had been "treatment," of the consummate sort, in his every shade and salience. The revulsion, for our friend, had become, before he knew it, immense - this drop, in the act of apprehension, to the sense of his adversary's inscrutable manoeuvre.
His keen eye still played with facility in its deep-sunk orbit; and fat, which levels all the characteristic saliences of the human face, had not yet touched either his high cheek-bones, the sign of cunning and cupidity, or his pointed chin, the sign of acuteness and perseverance.
These were the anterior and posterior default-mode network, the salience network, the left and right frontoparietal networks, and, as a methodological control, the visual network.
Perhaps the most pertinent are those of the default mode network (DMN) and the salience network (BREWER 2011).
The authors argue that these changes are consistent with increased salience of credit file information to the consumer at the time of severe identity theft.
[8] took similar distances as a T-D factor to regulate the corresponding B-U-featured weight coefficient to obtain an attention salience map.
Linda Court Salisbury and Gergana Nenkov of Boston College's Carroll School of Management conducted several studies that found the task of choosing an annuity increases mortality salience by forcing people to contemplate their own death-ergo, to escape the mortality thoughts, consumers avoid the annuity option.
Less is known, for example, about whether (and how) issue salience may moderate the impact of group cues and social norms on political attitudes.
It is widely believed that in-group salience, which is activated through the presentation of in-group symbols, including nonspecific word primes (e.g., we, us) and specific photograph primes (e.g., in-group symbols; Gaertner et al., 2006), and out-group salience, which is activated through the presentation of out-group symbols, including nonspecific word primes (e.g., they, them) and specific photograph primes (e.g., out-group symbols; Morrison, Fast, & Ybarra, 2009) will both improve an individual's in-group social identity intensity.
Among their topics are literal and figurative uses of the picaro: graded salience in 17th-century picaresque narrations, the conceptualization of the world as stage in Colder n and Cervantes: Christian didacticism and its ironic rebuttal, the king as "maker" of theater: le ballet de la nuit and Louis XIV, theatrical metaphor and the discourse of history: Nikolai Karamzin, and the theater of the absurd and the absurdity of theater: the early plays of Beckett and Ionesco.
But if applied incorrectly, the disease salience approach can backfire, causing behavioral paralysis and an inability to act, he cautioned.