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Top´ic
n.1.One of the various general forms of argument employed in probable as distinguished from demonstrative reasoning, - denominated by Aristotle to`poi (literally, places), as being the places or sources from which arguments may be derived, or to which they may be referred; also, a prepared form of argument, applicable to a great variety of cases, with a supply of which the ancient rhetoricians and orators provided themselves; a commonplace of argument or oratory.
These topics, or loci, were no other than general ideas applicable to a great many different subjects, which the orator was directed to consult.
- Blair.
In this question by [reason] I do not mean a distinct topic, but a transcendent that runs through all topics.
- Jer. Taylor.
2.An argument or reason.
Contumacious persons, who are not to be fixed by any principles, whom no topics can work upon.
- Bp. Wilkins.
3.The subject of any distinct portion of a discourse, or argument, or literary composition; also, the general or main subject of the whole; a matter treated of; a subject, as of conversation or of thought; a matter; a point; a head.
4.(Med.) An external local application or remedy, as a plaster, a blister, etc.
a.1.Topical.

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