Definition of topical in English:


Syllabification: top·i·cal
Pronunciation: /ˈtäpikəl


  • 1(Of a subject) of immediate relevance, interest, or importance owing to its relation to current events: a wide variety of subjects of topical interest
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    • It deals with a very topical subject, Anglo-American relations, set at a time during the American War of Independence.
    • The flagship daily news and current affairs programme Kildare Today will deal with topical issues and provide a forum for listeners to air their views.
    • School can help prepare children for this adult world, by encouraging them to discuss social and political affairs, and introducing topical issues during lessons.
    current, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute, contemporary, recent, relevant; newsworthy, in the news, bloggable; on-topic
  • 1.1Relating to a particular subject; classified according to subject: annotated links to resources in eleven topical categories
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    • A table at the end of the book also classifies documents into a number of topical categories.
    • Or you can invent topical categories - love letters, crank letters, letters to the editor.
    • Each of the larger sections is divided into several topical categories.
  • 1.2 Philately Relating to the collecting of postage stamps with designs connected with the same subject.
  • 2chiefly Medicine Relating or applied directly to a part of the body.
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    • A physician had prescribed a topical steroid cream for this eruption three months ago with initial improvement in the rash.
    • Intralesional bleomycin, topical immunotherapy, photodynamic therapy, and pulsed dye laser treatment are best confined to research centres or resistant cases.
    • If 50 percent or more of the scalp is involved, treatment options include topical immunotherapy, systemic steroids or phototherapy.


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  • A postage stamp forming part of a set or collection with designs connected with the same subject.



Pronunciation: /ˌtäpəˈkalitē/
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  • The decision about which books to buy, the court said, is necessarily a selective decision, in which only a small fraction of all possible books are chosen (based on quality, topicality, accuracy, and so on).
  • It still fulfills that role, but the show, with its mix of humour, topicality, and semi-reality, has also evolved into a self-referential soap opera about the channel itself, not to mention required viewing for many Trinidadians.
  • Given the topicality of these issues, it would be fascinating to be a cyberfly on a high-tech wall 100 years from now, and to see the reaction to this ‘historical archive’ if it were to be repeated on a Sunday morning for a new generation.


Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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  • In keeping with their attitudes about copying, I will now lift from their web site a topically amusing story.
  • So I guess what I'm trying to say is I do have a voice, but I'm using it to talk topically about war games rather than pretend I have any impartial thought on the matter.
  • The Casino Avenue Crackpot Idea Of The Year Award has a new front-runner - and, topically, it comes from an MP.


late 16th century: from Greek topikos + -al. Early use was as a term in logic and rhetoric describing a rule or argument as 'applicable in most but not all cases'.

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