Definition of thematic in English:



  • 1Having or relating to subjects or a particular subject.

    ‘the book is organized into nine thematic chapters’
    • ‘And you know, there is a thematic consistency here.’
    • ‘The thematic organization of the chapters is a powerful approach, but it means sacrificing any sense of chronological development.’
    • ‘More importantly, the story itself seems to get tripped up in a cat's cradle of thematic connections.’
    • ‘This is a rare treat for those of you who are just plain sick and tired of artists' work being forced into thematic shows.’
    • ‘It would seem that the account in chapter 3 is intended to lay out the story of the events so that the subsequent chapters can be seen as detailed, thematic case studies.’
    • ‘The mottos ‘unity in diversity’ and ‘friendship and fraternity’ were used as thematic subjects for artists to follow.’
    • ‘By and large, the album is ordered chronologically and, to an extent, along thematic lines: the property and homes, family pictures, and work scenes.’
    • ‘The book is organized around ten short thematic chapters, making it an appropriate resource for individual and group reading.’
    • ‘In its thirteen thematic chapters, this book discusses the challenges and successes of the women's movement in Uganda.’
    • ‘The book includes an introduction, seven narrative chapters, four thematic chapters, a short afterword, and two appendices.’
    • ‘The essays range from the broadly thematic to much more narrowly defined subjects such as Turkey's declaration of war against Japan in 1945.’
    • ‘The resulting data were subjected to content analysis in several thematic areas.’
    • ‘He creates albums that are strikingly different - many are governed by some thematic principle - and he has been compared to the late Eric Dolphy for his pivotal role in the development of the bass clarinet in jazz.’
    • ‘Perkins's chapters seem loosely organized around thematic questions: What did pioneers know about the West?’
    • ‘The transcripts were subjected to thematic content analysis, using standard qualitative procedures.’
    • ‘Part II includes seven thematic chapters covering the biogeography, ecology, behavior, life history, and conservation of grebes.’
    • ‘The subject matter in the first volume is at once thematic, regional, and broadly national.’
    • ‘The book is elegantly written and usefully divided into short, thematic chapters.’
    • ‘And I noted the conference's thematic undercurrent of ‘sustainability’ with some apprehension.’
    • ‘The chapters neither cohere nor fit particularly well with the thematic focus on group performance.’
    • ‘Rather, each of the seven chapters is a detailed thematic essay exploring a key issue in the history of late 19th-century France.’
    1. 1.1British Relating to the collecting of postage stamps with designs connected with the same subject.
      ‘for the thematic collector volcanoes represent a treasure trove’
      Also called topical
      • ‘The increase in the number and range of commemorative stamps has led to thematic collecting of stamps showing a particular subject, irrespective of their country of origin.’
      • ‘Despite the popularity of thematic collecting, there does not appear to be a definitive categorization system.’
      • ‘But it is thematic collection that is becoming a fad worldwide and it is an inexpensive way of building one's collection.’
    2. 1.2Music Relating to or containing melodic subjects.
      ‘the concerto relies on the frequent repetition of thematic fragments’
      • ‘The melodies are entirely forgettable and generally involve minimal thematic development.’
      • ‘About four thematic ideas appear, and a short coda builds to the final chords.’
      • ‘The striking thematic material and subtle turns of melodic phrase mark this score as the work of a composer with an original voice.’
      • ‘While all three of the soloists display their own distinctive styles, Barton's ideas are the richest in terms of contour, melodic content, and thematic development.’
      • ‘There is a longish cadenza that is well-integrated into the movement's thematic structure.’
      • ‘As mentioned before, this formal coherence is achieved not through thematic development, but through the varied repetition of clearly discernible musical ideas.’
      • ‘The thematic material derives from Catalan folk melody and as the movement progresses its character emerges more strongly.’
  • 2Linguistics
    Relating to or denoting the theme of a sentence.

    ‘some languages use special affixes to mark thematic and non-thematic elements’
    • ‘Unlike English, Arabic thematic fronting may express incredulity, disbelief, suspicion, uncertainty, denial, limitation and/or exclusiveness on the part of the subject or the object.’
    • ‘The passive construction makes the recipient of the action thematic, and furthermore seems to reduce the dynamism of the verb.’
    1. 2.1 Relating to the theme of an inflected word.
      • ‘It is hard to determine to what extent (if at all) the thematic formation supplied a real pluperfect to the strong preterit.’
      • ‘The most simple type of thematic stem is that formed directly from the root.’
    2. 2.2 (of a vowel) connecting the theme of a word to its inflections.
      • ‘In Greek and Latin, they are typically joined by thematic vowels, such as the i of Latin agricultura, the o of Greek biographia.’
    3. 2.3 (of a word) having a vowel connecting its theme to its inflections.
      • ‘Thematic verbs were distinguished by the presence of a thematic vowel between the verbal stem and the endings.’
      • ‘The first four conjugations are thematic, ie a thematic vowel precedes the personal endings.’


  • 1thematicstreated as singular or plural A body of topics for study or discussion.

    ‘I soon gave up trying to prime him with the thematics of the piece’
    • ‘According to Freinkel, Luther replaces these thematics of reconciliation with the ‘unsettling oscillations of ambivalence.’’
    • ‘For all intents and purposes, this strategy basically ignores the fact that the character is black, for he could easily be white without altering the plot or thematics of the film and, therefore, avoids any issue of race completely.’
    • ‘The mock (and ambiguously historical) apocalypse provides the setting for the sexual thematics that comprise the main matter of Garter's book.’
    • ‘Mier's Apologia frequently approximates the picaresque narrative's structure and thematics, and it reveals a baroque style.’
    • ‘But Kechiche, sharply aware of the political disquiet that filters through those games of nearly 300 years past, adopted and adapted it for his homage to Marivaux's thematics.’
    • ‘One really interesting part will be the section devoted to: ‘Policy and thematics - the development, timing and content of policy announcements.’’
    • ‘Or at the very least, he needs to find other performers like her who emphasize his obvious strengths in character creation and flexible but serious thematics.’
    • ‘In that work a thematics of the social tensions around connection and disconnection is articulated visually.’
    • ‘This is even the case for Fast and Anderson whose critical thematics are clearly at variance with each other.’
    • ‘It would appear that ‘womb envy’ and male hysteria are no longer latent thematics to be teased out by the psychoanalytically-oriented feminist critic; such envy is the manifest content of the film.’
    • ‘That is what raises the question of how to conceive lyric thematics and allegorization.’
    • ‘Utterly predictable, full of wooden acting and ringing with hollow family-values thematics, this is thoroughly banal and barely worth looking back on.’
    • ‘She is famous for her deconstructions of narrative personae, of story or plot, of characterization, thematics, and so on.’
    • ‘Instead, the staid drama of the film once again fuels its thematics.’
    • ‘How were you conceiving of this ending fitting into the overall thematics of the book?’
    • ‘As part of this strategy, both writers develop a thematics of genealogy which, because genealogies link divine will and knowledge with the flesh of humankind, recognises female authority and potential.’
    • ‘The fact that Antin creates a talk-poetry which is argumentative and deliberative, and rests on thematics that broadly have to do with social and cultural placing, connects up with this.’
    • ‘What I always try to do in all my books is to make the stories such that if you don't agree with me politically or you're not interested in the thematics, the story will still keep you turning the pages.’
    • ‘And so the central thematics of ‘Driven’, behind all the flash and pomp that you'd be forgiven for finding rather distracting, want to evince a meditation on aging, manhood, media and homoerotic bonding.’
    • ‘Brunton organises his historical riff around a thematics of the commune.’
  • 2British A postage stamp forming part of a set with designs connected with the same subject.

    Also called topical
    • ‘You can discuss ideas of what to collect - thematics will probably be most suitable for beginners.’


Late 17th century: from Greek thematikos, from thema (see theme).