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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.

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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But I can recommend to my clients how to use it in a way that counters this new horrible cultural context with kindness, which is the best antidote to envy--and likely the fastest route for brands to be accepted into customer journeys launched with good intentions.
The results show a significant main effect of cultural context and gender and also an interaction effect between cultural context and gender.
Understanding development in a cultural context: The challenge for teachers.
Cultural context of career choice: Meta-analysis of race/ethnicity differences.
Code switching refers to the ability to move fluidly between cultural contexts such as the culture of origin and the school culture (Celious & Oyserman, 2001).
We want to understand cultural contexts of schools to create schools that embody justice and reduce prejudice and inequality.
Depending on the cultural context, marketing products as a way to "enhance pleasure" or to maintain a "clean and healthy vagina" could make it easier for women to use microbicides.
THE TITLE OF THIS BOOK is misleading, since Edward Pitcher explores "fiction's cultural context" only in a very amorphous sense, and since it is not always evident how the works he discusses fall under the definition of "gothic and utopian romance." A more accurate description of Recalling Fiction's Cultural Context is provided by the author in the concluding sentence of his introduction, when he offers his work as a "casebook of studies, hints, and signposts" (11).
For the first time, Fisher probes and notes not the technique or the special effects, but file cultural context of the ballet and the people who participate.
Then there are disagreements on the content of science and its cultural context, whether the content is value-free or much shaped by its cultural context.
Writing within the cultural context of ancient Samaria, Hendricks portrays a girl who was deemed not to "know her place" by the cultural standards of the time and who needed to be put back in line to command a suitable bride's price and spend her life bearing sons.
The Pope recalled that "since their beginning, Cistercians have been characterized by a 'mystical passion,' proving how the sincere seeking of God through asceticism leads to the ineffable joy of a spousal encounter with him in Christ." The Holy Father continued "this lofty spirituality retains all its value of witness in the present cultural context, which all too often kindles the desire for deceptive goods and artificial paradises." Because of this, Pope John Paul asked the religious "to witness to the high ideal of holiness, summarized in unconditional love of God and, as a reflection, a love that in prayer mystically embraces the whole of humanity."

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