- the substance of a discussion, book, writing, etc., as distinguished from its form or style.
- the matter that is subject to some action.
- the matter out of which a thing is formed.
Origin of subject matter
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for subject matter
These consequences form the subject-matter of David Hemenway's careful and comprehensive study, Private Guns, Public Health.David's Bookclub: Private Guns, Public Health
March 31, 2013
This vast sweep of subject-matter has a grand effect of countering any tendency to polemic or sectarianism.David's Book Club: In the Shadow of the Sword
June 4, 2012
We may now consider this question of the subject-matter and its expression in words.The Lyric
To him the subject-matter 23 of the science is self-contained.
Moreover, subject-matter never can be got into the child from without.
So much for the use of the subject-matter in interpretation.
We were saying, when we spoke of the subject-matter, that we had no need of lamentation and strains of sorrow?The Republic
- the substance or main theme of a book, discussion, debate, etc
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