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[kon-tekst] /ˈkɒn tɛkst/
noun
1.
the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect:
You have misinterpreted my remark because you took it out of context.
2.
the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.
3.
Mycology. the fleshy fibrous body of the pileus in mushrooms.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin contextus a joining together, scheme, structure, equivalent to contex(ere) to join by weaving (con- con- + texere to plait, weave) + -tus suffix of v. action; cf. text
Related forms
contextless, adjective
Synonyms
2. background, milieu, climate.
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British Dictionary definitions for contextless

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/ˈkɒntɛkst/
noun
1.
the parts of a piece of writing, speech, etc, that precede and follow a word or passage and contribute to its full meaning: it is unfair to quote out of context
2.
the conditions and circumstances that are relevant to an event, fact, etc
Word Origin
C15: from Latin contextus a putting together, from contexere to interweave, from com- together + texere to weave, braid
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Word Origin and History for contextless

context

n.

early 15c., from Latin contextus "a joining together," originally past participle of contexere "to weave together," from com- "together" (see com-) + texere "to weave" (see texture).

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