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subject matter

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
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It would be interesting a further more detailed discussion of the subject matter.
  • The tone and subject matter of the article suggest that this is a problem only in more advanced research labs.
  • They appeal to those who may be gullible and to those who don't know enough on the subject matter to object or question.
  • Second, the subject matter is not a run of the mill idea.
  • His case is the essence of the interesting nature of recruiting as a subject matter.
  • The problem with the exhibit was its subject matter.
  • Once the novelty wears off, unless you have a particular interest in the subject matter, they're boring.
  • The key is to have strong subject matter in the water.
  • Sometimes the patterns within a composition are more important than the subject matter itself.
  • Although content and subject matter are key, the light is everything.
British Dictionary definitions for subject matter

subject matter

the substance or main theme of a book, discussion, debate, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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