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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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Having children from many cultural backgrounds in classrooms means that early educators must not privilege one cultural context over another.
Between Melish and Waldstreicher, then, it is no longer tenable to argue that the cultural context of the time apologizes for the Founding Fathers' support of slavery.
I needed to read Kaze several times to understand what was going on--many Westerners will be unfamiliar with the story's historical and cultural context, which means that things obvious to a Japanese reader will be hard for American readers to fathom.
It is critical that career counselors explicitly work to ensure that clients' concerns are understood within their cultural context to help understand how those differential experiences affect development and career choices (or lack of choices).
Living Islam Out Loud is simply a 'must' for anyone who would understand how these Muslim women practice their traditional faith within the social and cultural context of the every changing, secular, modern, non-Islamic world of America.
She has gradually shifted focus from a acaustic examination of gender constructions (sometimes within the specific cultural context of late-twentieth-century, post-Catholic southern Ireland) to a broader exploration of the passion and poetry within human nature, especially as released by our interaction with the rest of the natural world.
In conclusion he offers several scenarios for the future, putting wildland fire management policy in this broader historical and cultural context and arguing persuasively that "fire management is fundamental to our obligations as environmental stewards and is an obligation of civil society to its members and the future.
Some cultural context would have helped as well--for instance, what kind of backlash did ABC get for airing That Certain Summer, about a teenager meeting his father's male lover?
Throughout the six steps, crisis interveners continually assess the victim's progress and readiness for change, and do so within a cultural context.
Nothing is inherently wrong with either form of communication, but when interpreted outside a particular cultural context, certain interpersonal styles may be regarded as rude and inappropriate and lead to an increase in disciplinary referrals for urban African American males.
The fires, the bloodshed, the trials, and the executions created a legal and cultural context that noted legal historian Peter Charles Hoffer uses to examine the second slave conspiracy: the New York Conspiracy of 1741.
57-58) calls the kind of meaning that a context itself possesses existential; words (together with more complex entities such as concepts and theories) used in a cultural context have what Polanyi calls denotative or representative meaning.

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