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SUBJECT, contracts. The thing which is the object of an agreement. This term is used in the laws of Scotland.

SUBJECT, persons, government. An individual member of a nation, who is subject to the laws; this term is used in contradistinction to citizen, which is applied to the same individual when considering his political rights.
     2. In monarchical governments, by subject is meant one who owes permanent allegiance to the monarch. Vide Body politic; Greenl. Ev. Sec. 286; Phil. & Am. on Ev. 732, n. 1.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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If you can't change reality, change the subject, and hope nobody notices.
The age-old definition of a fanatic is someone who won't change his mind and won't change the subject. It's a definition that would seem to fit those on both sides of the battle over the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, as we've come to call it.
Some people are insulted by my assertive approach to their well-meaning advice, but most accept my stance and change the subject. The upshot is that I save myself the annoyance of listening to a theory that probably isn't worth a hill of beans.
But it is all based on an illogical premise that becomes apparent if you change the subject from communication to consumer goods.
So when she starts up again, say she may have a point and then change the subject. If she returns to her theme, change the subject to YOU, and start describing your worries at considerable length till she gets restless and rings off.
He recently asked me if I'd had much sexual experience and I had to change the subject. Is it wrong to keep this a secret?
We tell her she needs to talk to someone, but she says she is fine and tries to change the subject. How do I get her to talk?