Definition of topical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɒpɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːpɪkl//
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  1. 1connected with something that is happening or of interest at the present time a topical joke/reference topical events They met to discuss matters of topical interest. We try and keep the advice topical.
  2. 2(medical) connected with, or put directly on, a part of the body
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Greek topikos + -al. Early use was as a term in logic and rhetoric describing a rule or argument as ‘applicable in most but not all cases’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: topical