[kuh n-teks-choo-uh-liz-uh m]
  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

First recorded in 1925–30; contextual + -ism
Related formscon·tex·tu·al·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018