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subject matter

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noun
  1. the substance of a discussion, book, writing, etc., as distinguished from its form or style.
  2. the matter that is subject to some action.
  3. the matter out of which a thing is formed.
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Origin of subject matter

First recorded in 1590–1600
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  • We may now consider this question of the subject-matter and its expression in words.

    The Lyric

    John Drinkwater

  • To him the subject-matter 23 of the science is self-contained.

  • So much for the use of the subject-matter in interpretation.

  • Moreover, subject-matter never can be got into the child from without.

  • We were saying, when we spoke of the subject-matter, that we had no need of lamentation and strains of sorrow?


British Dictionary definitions for subject matter

subject matter

noun
  1. the substance or main theme of a book, discussion, debate, etc
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