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contextualism

[kuh n-teks-choo-uh-liz-uh m] /kənˈtɛks tʃu əˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
(in motion-picture criticism) the theory that all incidents in a film must be viewed in the social, political, and cultural context with which the film concerns itself and in which it was made.
2.
Architecture. the aesthetic position that a building or the like should be designed for harmony or a meaningful relationship with other such elements already existing in its vicinity.
Origin of contextualism
1925-1930
First recorded in 1925-30; contextual + -ism
Related forms
contextualist, noun, adjective
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Contemporary definitions for contextualist
noun

a doctrine emphasizing the application of ideas or the practicalness of certain concepts and beliefs; pragmatism

Usage Note

philosophy

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