decontextualize

[ dee-kuh n-teks-choo-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˌdi kənˈtɛks tʃu əˌlaɪz /

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.

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Origin of decontextualize

First recorded in 1975–80; de- + contextualize

OTHER WORDS FROM decontextualize

de·con·tex·tu·al·i·za·tion, noun
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