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Webster 1913 Edition


Topical

Top′ic-al

,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
topique
, LL.
topicus
, Gr. [GREEK]. See
Topic
,
Noun.
]
1.
Of or pertaining to a place; limited; logical application;
as, a
topical
remedy; a
topical
claim or privilege
.
2.
(Rhet. & logic)
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.
Evidences of fact can be no more than
topical
and probable.
Sir M. Hale.

Webster 1828 Edition


Topical

TOP'ICAL

,
Adj.
[supra.] Pertaining to a place, limited; local; as a topical remedy.
1.
Pertaining to a topic or subject of discourse, or to a general head.

Definition 2022


topical

topical

English

Adjective

topical (comparative more topical, superlative most topical)

  1. Of current interest; contemporary.
    Fair trade has become quite a topical subject.
  2. Local to a particular place
  3. (medicine, not comparable) Applied to a localized part of the body.
  4. (medicine, not comparable) Applied externally (to the surface of the skin or eye).
  5. Arranged according to topic or theme; thematic.

Antonyms

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Noun

topical (plural topicals)

  1. (pharmacology) A topical anaesthetic.

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