top·​i·​cal·​i·​ty | \ ˌtä-pə-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce topicality (audio) \
plural topicalities

Definition of topicality

1 : the quality or state of being topical
2 : an item of topical interest

Examples of topicality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The series shoots on a tight turnaround for maximum topicality, which means that production was recently shut down due to, like, the entire world shutting itself down. Darren Franich,, "The Good Fight season 4 is loopy, paranoid, all over the place, and gripping: Review," 9 Apr. 2020 This is where the show ultimately aligns with the conservative political project, for in the end, its principal quality is not offensiveness, obscenity, vulgarity, humor, satire, iconoclasm, crudeness, or topicality. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "Watching South Park at the End of the World," 3 Apr. 2020 Never a show to shy away from topicality, Showtime’s sequel to The L Word, titled Generation Q, will be literally political in its new season. Tim Stack,, "New L Word: Generation Q trailer sets up Bette's run as L.A.'s first lesbian mayor," 24 Oct. 2019 The Affair raised the subject in a misguided attempt at topicality toward the end of its final season, but dropped it entirely by the series finale. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "How The Morning Show Interrogates the #MeToo Debate," 7 Nov. 2019 There’s one sequence set at a border detention center that nudges toward topicality. Darren Franich,, "At least Terminator: Dark Fate is bad in a funny way," 22 Oct. 2019 Matt Osterman’s allegorical thriller, written by its star, Cleopatra Coleman, flirts with topicality on several fronts, commenting not only on drone strikes but also on agribusiness. Cleopatra Coleman, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Hover,’ the Drone Tech Isn’t All There," 28 June 2018 Then there’s the show’s sense of topicality — or rather, the lack thereof. Karen Han, Vox, "Josh Groban and Tony Danza’s appealing odd-couple dynamic can’t quite save The Good Cop," 21 Sep. 2018 The connection to President Trump, while period-appropriate, feels a bit forced, and designed to give the show a topicality. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Ryan Murphy's 'Pose' is a glittery extravaganza," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of topicality

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Topicality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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