Definitions for topicalˈtɒp ɪ kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

top•i•calˈtɒp ɪ kəl(adj.)

  1. pertaining to or dealing with matters of current or local interest.

  2. pertaining to the subject of a discourse, composition, etc.

  3. of a place; local.

  4. Med. on the skin or external surface:

    a topical ointment.

    Category: Medicine

Origin of topical:

1580–90; < Gk topik(ós) local, pertaining to commonplaces (see topo -, -ic ) + -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. topical(adj)

    pertaining to the surface of a body part

    "a drug for topical (or local) application"; "a topical anesthesia"

  2. topical(adj)

    of or relating to or arranged by topics

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

  3. topical(adj)

    of interest at the present time

    "a topical reference"; "a topical and timely study of civil liberty"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. topical(adjective)ˈtɒp ɪ kəl

    currently happening

    the very topical issue of global warming


  1. topical(Noun)

    A topical anaesthetic.

  2. topical(Adjective)

    Of current interest; contemporary.

    Fair trade has become quite a topical subject.

  3. topical(Adjective)

    local to a particular place

  4. topical(Adjective)

    Applied to a localized part of the body.

  5. topical(Adjective)

    Arranged according to topic or theme; thematic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Topical(noun)

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

  2. Topical(noun)

    pertaining to, or consisting of, a topic or topics; according to topics

  3. Topical(noun)

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

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of interest at the present time.

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