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Definition of Topic


  1. One of the various general forms of argument employed in probable as distinguished from demonstrative reasoning, -- denominated by Aristotle topoi (literally, places), as being the places or sources from which arguments may be derived, or to which they may be referred; also, a prepared form of argument, applicable to a great variety of cases, with a supply of which the ancient rhetoricians and orators provided themselves; a commonplace of argument or oratory.
  2. A treatise on forms of argument; a system or scheme of forms or commonplaces of argument or oratory; as, the Topics of Aristotle.
  3. An argument or reason.
  4. The subject of any distinct portion of a discourse, or argument, or literary composition; also, the general or main subject of the whole; a matter treated of; a subject, as of conversation or of thought; a matter; a point; a head.
  5. An external local application or remedy, as a plaster, a blister, etc.
  6. Topical.
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topic in Afrikaans is onderwerp
topic in Dutch is iets actueels, actualiteit
topic in Finnish is aihe
topic in German is Thema, Thema
topic in Italian is volume, tema
topic in Latin is thema
topic in Spanish is contenido, tema