subject matter


Definition of subject matter

: matter presented for consideration in discussion, thought, or study

Examples of subject matter in a Sentence

I found the film's subject matter to be quite disturbing. She disapproves of the artist's choice of subject matter.
Recent Examples on the Web The funky track has an unusual and NSFW subject matter: the bizarre mating rituals of leopard slugs (who turn fluorescent during copulation) and seahorses (who lock tails and dance). Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2021 In response, the College Board has eliminated SAT subject matter and essays tests, sparking a nationwide conversation about the college acceptance process. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 June 2021 The play’s subject matter also couldn’t be more timely. Lee Seymour, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The odds of filming a docuseries with one of your heroes around this very important subject matter is already such a rare experience and good fortune. Kwin Mosby, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 May 2021 And is the subject matter being taught to Indiana students? Dwight Adams, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2021 If Mainstream’s subject matter required contemplating trial and error, helming the film was a bit more straightforward. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, 7 May 2021 Aside from the fascinating subject matter, the classes promise to be engaging in terms of the format. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 6 May 2021 After two albums that dealt with the same heavy subject matter as her memoir, the songs feel like a reawakening, and a relief. oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of subject matter

1657, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2021

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“Subject matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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subject matter


English Language Learners Definition of subject matter

: the information or ideas that are discussed or dealt with in a book, movie, etc. : what something is about

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