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Definition of Topical


  1. Of or pertaining to a place; limited; logical application; as, a topical remedy; a topical claim or privilege.
  2. Pertaining to, or consisting of, a topic or topics; according to topics.
  3. Resembling a topic, or general maxim; hence, not demonstrative, but merely probable, as an argument.

Topical Quotations

The hardest song to write is a protest song, a topical song with meaning.
Joan Baez

One of the hardest things I've had to deal with in my career is keeping my material topical even though I only release albums every three or four years.
Al Yankovic

Most important to any fake story is a plausible, realistic edge with a satirical twist that is topical.
Joey Skaggs

An article can be timely, topical, engaged in the issues and personalities of the moment; it is likely to be stale within the month. In five years, it may have acquired the quaint aura of a rotary phone. An article is usually Siamese-twinned to its date of birth.
Cynthia Ozick

Anytime you open your mouth there's going to be someone who's put off. I try to deal with that by keeping the topical portions of my show brief. I realize that some people wish my comments were briefer.
John Hall
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Topical Translations

topical in Dutch is tegenwoordig, actueel
topical in Italian is conforme al tempo
topical in Swedish is aktuell
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