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Thematic vs. Topical

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  • Thematic (adjective)

    Relating to, or having a subject or a topic.

    "He had a thematic collection of postage stamps with flags on them (where q|UK thematic collection = q|US topical collection)"

  • Thematic (adjective)

    Relating to a melodic subject.

  • Thematic (adjective)

    Of a word stem, ending in a vowel that appears in or otherwise influences the noun or verb's inflection.

  • Thematic (adjective)

    Of or relating to a subdivision of the Byzantine empire.

  • Thematic (noun)

    A postage stamp that is part of a thematic collection.

  • Topical (adjective)

    Of current interest; contemporary.

    "''Fair trade has become quite a topical subject."

  • Topical (adjective)

    Local to a particular place

  • Topical (adjective)

    Applied to a localized part of the body.

  • Topical (adjective)

    Applied externally (to the surface of the skin or eye).

  • Topical (adjective)

    Arranged according to topic or theme; thematic.

  • Topical (noun)

    A topical anaesthetic.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Thematic (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the theme of a word. See Theme, n., 4.

  • Thematic (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a theme, or subject.

  • Topical (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a place; limited; logical application; as, a topical remedy; a topical claim or privilege.

  • Topical (adjective)

    Pertaining to, or consisting of, a topic or topics; according to topics.

  • Topical (adjective)

    Resembling a topic, or general maxim; hence, not demonstrative, but merely probable, as an argument.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Thematic (adjective)

    relating to or constituting a topic of discourse

  • Thematic (adjective)

    of or relating to a melodic subject

  • Topical (adjective)

    pertaining to the surface of a body part;

    "a drug for topical (or local) application"

    "a topical anesthesia"

  • Topical (adjective)

    of or relating to or arranged by topics;

    "a detailed record on both a chronological and a topical basis"

  • Topical (adjective)

    of interest at the present time;

    "a topical reference"

    "a topical and timely study of civil liberty"

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