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 Many of the states where communities are already sounding the alarm are also political battlegrounds where culture wars over school policies and subject matter have been making headlines over the course of the last few years. Rick Klein, ABC News, 28 July 2022 The course featured videos on different aspects of YouTube automation, including choosing the most lucrative subject matter, outsourcing the work and using keywords to make videos easier to find on YouTube. New York Times, 21 July 2022 Scott Derrickson’s The Black Phone deals with tough subject matter: A sadistic child killer named the Grabber, played by Ethan Hawke, abducts children, never to be seen again. Beatrice Verhoeven, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 June 2022 This year, Tornero and his producer Kevin Skubak, an avid classic rock fan, channeled their love of radio and music into a logical subject matter – WMMS. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 16 June 2022 Your product team should include a cybersecurity subject matter expert. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Underscoring the debate is the real subject matter at hand though – the military burn pits used throughout the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, now threatening the health of America's former troops. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2022 The series was noted for blending a variety of literary, mythological and historical subject matter, and for its large cast of ensemble characters. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 3 Aug. 2022 The principals all recall much laughter despite, or maybe because of, the dark subject matter. Clark Collis,, 28 July 2022 See More

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1657, in the meaning defined above

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“Subject matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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