contextualism

[ kuhn-teks-choo-uh-liz-uhm ]
/ kənˈtɛks tʃu əˌlɪz əm /

noun

(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.
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.

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Origin of contextualism

First recorded in 1925–30; contextual + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM contextualism

con·tex·tu·al·ist, noun, adjective
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