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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In the past, instructors would try to adjust the subject matter to be appropriate for younger students, Lee-Sung said. Julia Sclafani,, "Newport-Mesa school board approves pilot program to train young students for on-campus threats," 26 June 2019 The glowing reviews Trump has given the summit so far also conflict with assessments from some of his own aides, who have expressed fury that French officials had steered the subject matter of the summit into areas that Trump has little interest. Washington Post, "Trump, for first time, signals regret China trade war has escalated," 25 Aug. 2019 The subject matter of the podcasts include motherhood, history, the underbelly of social media and more. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Inside Earios, the first all-female podcast network," 5 Aug. 2019 Expand our outreach and maintain our relevancy as far as expanding into the subject matter of human rights. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Holocaust Museum Houston holds grand reopening in museum district," 24 June 2019 Does something feel different this time, given the subject matter of the play? Nigel Smith,, "Two-Time Tony Winner Laurie Metcalf Reveals Her Pre-Show Ritual: 'I Can't Stand Doing It'," 6 June 2019 That is some pretty clear, almost cartoonish villainy, compared to the brutal and complicated subject matter of the aforementioned Syrian war documentaries. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare," 30 May 2019 There have been some tapes that address some of the subject matter of today's indictment. Fox News, "Harmeet Dhillon: Lanny Davis sold out Michael Cohen," 21 Aug. 2018 Beyond the silly lifestyle stuff, much of the subject matter is far too meaty to be skimmed. Nneka Mcguire, Dallas News, "Do millennial women really need the book 'How to Skimm Your Life'? Give us more credit," 25 June 2019

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1657, in the meaning defined above

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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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