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Microsoft® Encarta® 2009 offers the following definitions which I cannot untangle.

Contents, plural noun

  1. the subject matter of a document or publication I revealed the contents of the letter

Content, noun (plural con·tents)

  1. subject matter: the various issues, topics, or questions dealt with in speech, discussion, or a piece of writing a speech that was highly emotive in both tone and content

  2. the meaning or message contained in a creative work, as distinct from its appearance, form, or style.

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  • If you are learning English you are on the wrong site. – David Aug 14 at 18:45
  • You keep being confused by entries you find in Encarta and asking questions here. I strongly suggest you find a different resource. As for this specific question, you can't just give the definitions it provides and then ask for clarification. You need to say why, in particular, the definitions are unclear. We can't guess what parts you find unclear. – Jason Bassford Aug 14 at 18:57
  • @GJC do you realise the italicised sections give example usage? They would be clearer if placed on another line. – Weather Vane Aug 14 at 19:55