- Topic Top"ic, n. [F. topiques, pl., L. topica the title of a
work of Aristotle, Gr. topika`, fr. topiko`s of or for place,
concerning to`poi, or commonplaces, fr. to`pos a place.]
(a) 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.
(b) pl. A treatise on forms of argument; a system or scheme
of forms or commonplaces of argument or oratory; as, the
Topics of Aristotle.
2. An argument or reason. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
Contumacious persons, who are not to be fixed by any principles, whom no topics can work upon. --Bp. Wilkins. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.