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- prominent:  Prominent comes from the present participle of Latin prōminēre ‘jut out’. This was formed with the prefix prō- ‘forwards, out’ and -minēre ‘project’, a verbal element which also lies behind English eminent and imminent . It was derived from *min- ‘project’, a base which also gave English menace and may be related ultimately to Latin mōns ‘mountain’ (source of English mount and mountain). Combination of prō- and mōns itself produced Latin prōmunturium ‘headland’, ancestor of English promontory .
=> eminent, imminent, menace
- 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.
- 1. His stomach had grown more prominent with every passing year.
- 2. In gardens, cankers are most prominent on apples and pear trees.
- 3. Political trials were being used to keep prominent activists out of circulation.
- 4. One prominent symptom of the disease is progressive loss of memory.
- 5. Each year they compete in a prominent statewide bicycle race.
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