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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This chapter clearly shows the importance of rhymes and shows how they are contextually rich for learning sound-letter relationships; this chapter also includes some of Lorraine's wonderful poetry and rhyme that you can use in your classroom.
It gives a service provider a new form of revenue; gives an advertiser the ability to pay only for ads that are relevant and targeted to the market they serve; and it gives an end user contextually relevant ad content.
Some antivirus firms responded with features can detect when an incoming attachment is Zip-compressed and password-protected, then scan the body text for something that contextually looks like a password.
A number of studies have verified that when subjects are taught to make conditional discriminations in particular contexts, they will subsequently demonstrate equivalence relations that are contextually controlled (Bush, Sidman, & de Rose, 1989; Gatch & Osborne, 1989; Lazar & Kotlarchyk, 1986; Wulfert & Hayes, 1988).
The book is contextually generous and capacious, then, but it also fits significantly into the context of Weimann's own previous work.
According to Meta Group Inc., a research and consulting firm focusing on information technology and business transformation strategies, a portal product "must provide contextually relevant information to an individual in a customizable manner (for administrator and user) that respects the security and privacy of the individual content." The research firm describes a number of primary functions of CFO portals: personalization, classification, security and access control (for users and contributors).
The concluding chapters on Poe's Pym and Douglass's Narrative are individually useful and interesting as contextually based readings of canonical texts (Gardner's reading of Poe draws interestingly on Poe's dabblings in graphology), but they are less convincing as the culmination of the overall argument of Master Plots.
Still, online agencies note that in a "contextually relevant" environment, where consumers are driven by a particular need--i.e., looking to book a vacation--there is a strong likelihood that they'll click on an ad banner, enabling targeted messages to score higher than the average 1 percent click-through rates seen with banners in general.
When highlighted information is clicked, a pop-up menu appears, providing contextually relevant links.
The findings supported the observation that theoretical con structs such as interests and job involvement from the developed world can indeed be useful in studying organizational phenomena in the developing world, provided the measures are culturally sensitive, contextually relevant and carefully operationalized.
More specifically, the paper argues that the discourse on computer addiction is usefully approached as an example of what Foucault calls a "normalizing discourse"-in this case, a discourse which functions contextually toward the production, negotiation, and management of "normal" and "abnormal," "healthy" and "unhealthy" relationships with this new technology.
The Encyclopedia of Christianity is a monumental, international, ecumenical, contextually written collection of articles dealing with 2,000 years of Christian history.