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.
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First Known Use of subject matter

1657, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jul 2020

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“Subject matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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