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Related to context: Context switching


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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2010a) are ambiguous with respect to the mechanism through which the context exerted its control on behavior.
advertised products type, advertised products information) and its association with the current user context (identity, activity, agenda, past view) in order to determine the most appropriate advertisement to be delivered.
Focusing on conditioned taste aversion studies, context specificity of CS-US relationships has been reported in different experimental series of the literature.
MDE provides tools and grammars allowing the construction of context models which may be used to model context-aware systems.
Animal research on context effects has found a reduction in the degree to which a change in context cues degrades performance, when that behavior is tested over extended retention intervals.
In that case, as pointed out above, our account will need to be sensitive to the context in which D occurs.
Now the fact that historically "the church" has referred more palpably to an authority to be reckoned with than to a sustaining community of faith went a long way to making Max Weber's thesis palatable: the university providing its own context as a substitute for church as it functioned in the medieval centers of learning.
Applying the findings of these studies to the various trigger approaches applied in the asbestos context shows that welding fumes claims and asbestos claims are not necessarily analogous for purposes of determining the proper trigger of coverage.
Thus, we advocate for counselors' development of metacognitive awareness of their cultural context and how their thinking and perceptions may influence the way they view clients' cultural context throughout the course of intervention.
To give the food context, I placed a very pleased but reserved-looking vendor in the middle-ground layer right behind it, in softer focus.
Within which conflict management contexts do prospective school leaders need additional training?
When Garafola deals with context, which she does with special skill, she sometimes sets up a contrast, rather than a framework.