salient
[ sey-lee-uhnt ]
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Part of Speechadjective, adjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Mid-16th century; Latin;; from salient- "leaping", from the verb salire
Synonyms
adjective
arresting conspicuous pertinent weighty
adjective
protruding jutting
Antonyms
adjective
unimportant insignificant unimpressive inconspicuous
adjective
tucked dull
Definition
adjectiveprominent or conspicuous
adjectiveprojecting or pointing outward
Examples
adjectiveA) He tried to recount the salient points of the movie, but found the memory of it already fading. B) The salient facts of the case were not in dispute, only the motivation.
adjectiveA) He tripped over a salient corner of the desk, just barely catching himself. B) He started attaching rubber tips to all the salient points in the display after what happened at the party.
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