- the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect: You have misinterpreted my remark because you took it out of context.
- the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.
- Mycology. the fleshy fibrous body of the pileus in mushrooms.
Origin of context
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2. background, milieu, climate.
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In that context, Sotto Sotto was one of the all-out survivors.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot
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Prevalence depends on context, and sometimes unique advantages outweigh the genetic costs.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
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Just wanted to place it in the context of slates needing picture choices that throw off revenue to make the numbers work.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel
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Clearly the liberation of Gross took place in the context of what might be called a “grand bargain.”Obama Realizes What 10 Presidents Didn’t: Isolating Cuba Doesn’t Work
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Morally, Boies is right, if one can use the word “morally” in the context of anyone in Hollywood.The Disaster Story That Hollywood Had Coming
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In this context some discussions with Antiphon the sophist deserve record.The Memorabilia
This is the rule of context, a fundamental rule of interpretation.Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
But the context showed that the writer was in deadly earnest.Sir Walter Scott
Parliament, however, altered the law, but overlooked the context.
They were in reply to remarks of his own, and owed all their significance to the context.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
- the parts of a piece of writing, speech, etc, that precede and follow a word or passage and contribute to its full meaningit is unfair to quote out of context
- the conditions and circumstances that are relevant to an event, fact, etc
C15: from Latin contextus a putting together, from contexere to interweave, from com- together + texere to weave, braid
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Word Origin and History for context
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