Definition of topical
1a : referring to the topics of the day or place : of local or temporary interest a topical novel topical referencesb : of, relating to, or arranged by topics set down in topical form
2 : designed for or involving local application and action (as on the body) a topical anesthetic a topical remedy
topicallyplay \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of topical from the Web
When the going gets topical, Mavis Staples seems to be the go-to singer for artists looking for a little historical veracity.
Immunotherapy can come in many forms -- vaccines, antibody or cellular therapies, or drugs -- and can be received through an injection, a pill or capsule, a topical ointment or cream, or a catheter.
The plot about government agents using psychological warfare may be the script’s least convincing element — and possibly the most topical.
But our modern-day obsession with being squeaky clean and germ-free — along with other factors like UV radiation, pollution, and topical medications — can reduce or increase the amount of certain bacteria, wreaking havoc on your skin.
The series, which tackles topical issues through the unfiltered conversations among family members, returns Wednesday after hovering in limbo without an air date since its Season 2 finale this time last year.
Smartphones are very topical, but there are four other businesses at Nokia.
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Did You Know?
Like a topical medicine, a topical reference or story applies to something specific, focusing on a topic that's currently in the news. TV comedians often use topical humor, making jokes about a currently popular movie or the latest political scandal—if possible, one that just broke that same day. Topical humor has a short lifespan, though, because the news keeps changing and the new hot topics just keep coming. The medical meaning of topical stays closer to the meaning of the root, since it describes something that's put right on the place that seems to need it.
First Known Use of topical
TOPICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of topical for English Language Learners
: relating to current news or events : dealing with things that are important, popular, etc., right now
medical : made to be put on the skin
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