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contextual

[kuh n-teks-choo-uh l]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or depending on the context.
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Origin of contextual

1805–15; < Latin contextu-, stem of contextus context + -al1
Related formscon·tex·tu·al·ly, adverbnon·con·tex·tu·al, adjectivenon·con·tex·tu·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedcontextual contractual
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  • The keenness of the polemic, in this and in the contextual chapters, shows how real and imminent the danger was.


British Dictionary definitions for contextual

contextual

adjective
  1. relating to, dependent on, or using contextcontextual criticism of a book
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Derived Formscontextually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for contextual

adj.

c.1820, from context on model of textual, etc. In philosophy, contextual definition is recorded from 1934, along with contextualization, contextualize. Related: Contextualized.

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