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Something that you are discussing

referent

noun

the thing or person that is meant by a word or phrase

matter

noun

something that you are discussing, considering, or dealing with

issue

noun

a subject that people discuss or argue about, especially relating to society, politics etc

subject

noun

an idea, problem, situation etc that you discuss or write about

theme

noun

the main subject of something such as a book, speech, art exhibition, or discussion

topic

noun

a subject that you write or speak about

item

noun

an individual subject that you are discussing or dealing with

question

noun

an issue that needs to be discussed and dealt with

ground

noun

the subject, idea, or information being talked about or written about

subject matter

noun

the things that are discussed in a speech or a piece of writing, or are shown in a piece of art

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