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contextual

[kuh n-teks-choo-uh l] /kənˈtɛks tʃu əl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or depending on the context.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < Latin contextu-, stem of contextus context + -al1
Related forms
contextually, adverb
noncontextual, adjective
noncontextually, adverb
Can be confused
contextual, contractual.
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Examples from the web for contextual
  • Each jet has been taken out of its contextual environment and stands alone with a stark and powerful beauty.
  • Comments range from echoing charges of racism to demanding more contextual insights.
  • There are two types of grammar: fundamental and contextual.
  • We are spending a good chunk of time concentrating on building clear, contextual sharing.
  • Also, prices vary cyclically, so being aware of larger trends is another valuable contextual frame.
  • And this balance is time, space, and place contextual.
  • Prior hypotheses and contextual knowledge need to be used.
  • But the inescapable fact is that teaching is a highly contextual and increasingly constrained activity.
  • There are also maps and other contextual information about them and their native countries.
  • So, my suggestion is that the term is always contextual.
British Dictionary definitions for contextual

contextual

/kənˈtɛkstjʊəl/
adjective
1.
relating to, dependent on, or using context: contextual criticism of a book
Derived Forms
contextually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for contextual
adj.

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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