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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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Boulmalf, A Context Aware Platform to Support Mobile Users with Personalized Services, IEEE International Conference on Wireless Information Networks and Systems (WINSYS 2009), Milan, Italy, July 7-10, 2009.
The objective of this paper is to define a self-configuring context model that accurately captures and represents general purpose real contexts, targeting the development of context aware autonomic systems.
Our belief at MIT's Context Aware Computing Group is that these kinds of decisions can often be better accomplished by a computer than a person.
The approach, Context Aware Security Intelligence, provides customers the visibility and actionable information to reduce IT security risks, while at the same time simplifying their compliance reporting across their entire IT infrastructure.
AppGate is a dynamic, context aware security gateway that prevents unauthorized access.
Openwave Systems Inc (Nasdaq:OPWV), a software company providing context aware mediation and messaging solutions announced today that South African mobile operator Vodacom has selected Openwave Integra Service Management Platform (SMP), a next generation traffic mediation and policy management solution designed to allow Vodacom to effectively manage, monitor and monetise mobile traffic.
User context aware delivery of e-learning material: Approach and architecture.
com), producers of the world's first strong artificial intelligence engine for connected devices, today announced its acquisition of Smart Places, developer of location and context aware mobile apps for real world social networking.
Tensilica DSPs provide an excellent foundation for ultra-low-power sensor hubs, and we are excited to work with Cadence s customers to create context aware devices with new sensor enabled user experiences and longer battery life.
With NAVTEQ, Nokia will further strengthen its location based services offering and bring to market the most innovative, context aware Nokia Internet services with accelerated time to market.
By better understanding user contexts and intent, Sensor Platforms' FreeMotion[TM] Library of algorithmic software now enables context aware applications on mobile devices to proactively engage with the user, and not merely interact with that user.
The company's solution profiles, then not only learns, but also predicts entities' behaviors enabling context aware real-time decision making.