[ sey-lee-uhnt ]
Part of Speechadjective, adjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Mid-16th century; Latin;; from salient- "leaping", from the verb salire
arresting conspicuous pertinent weightyadjective
unimportant insignificant unimpressive inconspicuousadjective
adjectiveprominent or conspicuous
adjectiveprojecting or pointing outward
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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