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[kon-tekst] /ˈkɒn tɛkst/
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.
the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.
Mycology. the fleshy fibrous body of the pileus in mushrooms.
late Middle English
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
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contextless, adjective
2. background, milieu, climate. Unabridged
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  • To directly test the hypothesis, the authors should have presented items in different contexts, he says.
  • Rafter illustrates nicely how science develops in different social and political contexts.
  • We learn that humans tend to process information in specific contexts.
  • The effect is lost when his paintings are removed from the placements for which they were conceived for display in other contexts.
  • Yet you can't ignore these taxa when considering the evolutionary contexts in which ancestors of modern animals evolved.
  • History is made, myths invented and art created by people operating within particular cultural contexts.
  • First, the events of history take place within geographic contexts.
  • They recorded a variety of communicative gestures specific to chimpanzees produced in different social contexts.
  • Cooperation and conflict will occur in all of these spatial contexts.
  • When these smaller parts are combined in the verb, they often keep the same form they have in other contexts in the language.
British Dictionary definitions for contexts


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
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 contexts



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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