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 record, like most albums these days, could have benefited from some trimming — some of the interludes add nothing of substance and the relative lack of variance in subject matter makes the 19-track set feel redundant quite quickly. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 8 Apr. 2024 Hall said the focus on limiting DEI in the workplace mirrors actions taken by legislative bodies to ban specific reading or subject matters throughout public school systems that deal with race and gender. Kendrick Marshall, Charlotte Observer, 1 Apr. 2024 Why the play hasn’t resurfaced sooner is certainly its subject matter. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2024 The subject matter might get filed under Young Adult, but in the hands of Rodrigo, artistically mature beyond her years, the results can be powerful. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2024 Not surprisingly, considering the subject matter, some strong opinions were aired. Jem Aswad, Variety, 22 Mar. 2024 This just felt like a subject matter that would be so incredible to be memorialized that way. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2024 One sure-shot way to accelerate progress is to become a subject matter expert in your industry. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Despite the uncomfortable subject matter, the film aged shockingly well in the post-MeToo era, mostly because the story is told entirely from Jenny’s perspective. Janey Tracey,, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subject matter was in 1657

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“Subject matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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subject matter

: matter presented for consideration in discussion, thought, or study
the poem's subject matter

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