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The language that precedes and follows a series of words, such as a particular sentence or clause.

The context of a legal document is often scrutinized to shed light upon the intent of an ambiguous or obscure sentence or clause so that it may be interpreted as its drafter intended.


noun argumentum, background, circumstance, coloring, connection, connotation, extended meaning, force, gist, implication, import, main meaning, meaning, mode of expression, purport, range of meaning, scope, sense, subject matter, sum and substance, surroundings, tenor, text, topic
Foreign phrases: Nemo enim aliquam partem recte intelligere possit antequam totum iterum atque iterum perregerit.No one can rightly understand one part before he has again and again read the whole.
See also: case, connotation, environment, posture, situation

CONTEXT. The general series or composition of a law, contract, covenant, or agreement.
     2. When, there is any obscurity in the words of an agreement or law, the context must be considered in its construction, for it must be performed according to the intention of its framers. 2 Cowen, 781,; 3 Miss. 447 1 Harringt. 154; 6 John. 43; 5 Gill & John. 239; 3 B. & P. 565; 8 East, 80 1 Dall. 426; 4 Dall. 340; 3 S. & R. 609 See Construction; Interpretation.

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Publishers will have the ability to display a contextually relevant advertisement from their own advertisers, from Kontera's network of advertisers, or both.
ClickSurge increases page views and maximizes the reach and profitability of monetized content by contextually placing links to that content onto web pages at a publisher's website, at a partner's website or on any Internet page, including user-generated content sites such as blogs and social networks using modern widget technology.
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Report author and Forrester Analyst, Rusty Warner, wrote: "The RTIM market is evolving rapidly, as[customer interaction professionals] seek to leverage analytics to deliver contextually relevant, real-time experiences across both digital and offline channels.
Forrester defines RTIM as "Enterprise marketing technology that delivers contextually relevant experiences, value, and utility at the appropriate moment in the customer lifecycle via preferred customer touchpoints".
As people use increasingly sophisticated, contextually aware mobile devices and services, network providers are faced with greater demands for additional network bandwidth, enhanced service quality, security and other back end services.
The following research develops a model of the culturally and contextually relevant factors that contribute to coping for low-income, urban, African American youth.
Others of us believe Christian art was at first contextually symbolic and not directly related to the intellectual or even devotional life of the early church.
Brown" was not chosen by Clinton to head the Commerce Department), is that these profiles are only linked thematically, not contextually.
ARIA's architecture is clearly different then that of the surrounding area, yet it works well contextually," says Elliot J.
I find magnetism, or electromagnetism, contextually compelling as the 'invisible' or immaterial basis of computer technology and of every kind of information recording and transfer.