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[kon-tekst]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.
  3. Mycology. the fleshy fibrous body of the pileus in mushrooms.
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Origin of context

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin contextus a joining together, scheme, structure, equivalent to contex(ere) to join by weaving (con- con- + texere to plait, weave) + -tus suffix of v. action; cf. text
Related formscon·text·less, adjective

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2. background, milieu, climate.
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noun
  1. 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
  2. the conditions and circumstances that are relevant to an event, fact, etc
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Word Origin

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

n.

early 15c., from Latin contextus "a joining together," originally past participle of contexere "to weave together," from com- "together" (see com-) + texere "to weave" (see texture).

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