[dee-kuh n-teks-choo-uh-lahyz]

verb (used with object), de·con·tex·tu·al·ized, de·con·tex·tu·al·iz·ing.

to remove (a linguistic element, an action, etc.) from a context: decontextualized works of art displayed in museums.

Nearby words

  1. deconstruct,
  2. deconstructed,
  3. deconstruction,
  4. decontaminate,
  5. decontamination,
  6. decontrol,
  7. decor,
  8. decorate,
  9. decorated,
  10. decorated shed

Origin of decontextualize

First recorded in 1975–80; de- + contextualize

Related formsde·con·tex·tu·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019