[kuh n-teks-choo-uh l]

Origin of contextual

1805–15; < Latin contextu-, stem of contextus context + -al1
Related formscon·tex·tu·al·ly, adverbnon·con·tex·tu·al, adjectivenon·con·tex·tu·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedcontextual contractual Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for non-contextual


  1. relating to, dependent on, or using contextcontextual criticism of a book
Derived Formscontextually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-contextual



c.1820, from context on model of textual, etc. In philosophy, contextual definition is recorded from 1934, along with contextualization, contextualize. Related: Contextualized.

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