top·​ic | \ ˈtä-pik How to pronounce topic (audio) \

Definition of topic

1a : the subject of a discourse or of a section of a discourse
b : a heading in an outlined argument or exposition
b : one of the general forms of argument employed in probable reasoning

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Examples of topic in a Sentence

He is comfortable discussing a wide range of topics. topics such as health and fitness
Recent Examples on the Web Though this kind of lawsuit is rare, the topic of familial obligation has long been controversial in India, where carrying on the family line and caring for elderly parents and in-laws is often seen as a filial duty. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 17 May 2022 Another topic of contention in court was the donation of Heard's $7 million divorce settlement to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Staff And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 For me, the topic around keeping a seat at the leadership table was interesting. David Benjamin And David Komlos, Forbes, 16 May 2022 The topic was again front-of-mind in Miami with recent confirmations that two VW brands Audi and Porsche have plans to enter the series at the next major regulation changes in 2026. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2022 The topic is Duopa, delivery of Levodopa medication continuously, directly into the intestinal track. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2022 The topic was of particular interest to American Enlightenment thinkers of the late 18th century. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 5 May 2022 With the thin brow filter taking over TikTok and the mention of their mom's painterly arches, this topic was inevitable. Devon Abelman, Allure, 4 May 2022 That isn’t far behind mentions of inflation, another topic Republicans are especially eager to talk about. John Mccormick, WSJ, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of topic

circa 1569, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for topic

Latin Topica Topics (work by Aristotle), from Greek Topika, from topika, neuter plural of topikos of a place, of a topos, from topos place, topos

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The first known use of topic was circa 1569

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“Topic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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top·​ic | \ ˈtä-pik How to pronounce topic (audio) \

Kids Definition of topic

: the subject of something that is being discussed or has been written or thought about She didn't like talking about it and tried to change the topic.

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