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That which surrounds, and gives meaning to, something else.

<grammar> In a grammar it refers to the symbols before and after the symbol under consideration. If the syntax of a symbol is independent of its context, the grammar is said to be context-free.



a segment of a text or speech, relatively complete in thought, in which the sense and meaning of each of its words (phrases) or quoted expressions is set forth in the most concrete and exact way.

Outside of the context (“taken out of context”) in which a quotation is linked stylistically and semantically, it can take on another, even opposite, meaning. In literature the context deter-mines the concrete content, the expressiveness, and the stylistic nuances not only of individual words, phrases, and utterances but of the different artistic methods as well (including poetic figures and verse rhythms). The context also determines the stylistic choice of words (for example, A. Blok wrote a note about the character of Gaetan while he was working on his play The Rose and the Cross; “not eyes but orbs, not hair but curls, not mouth but lips”). Breaking the context destroys the artistic unity of a text and the artistic image itself (it is impossible, for example, to catch the irony of something outside of its context). Placing something out of context, however, is sometimes used for stylistic effects, as in the case of parody.


The current status, condition or mode of a system. See context aware and context sensitive help.
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The cultural context effect (Table 3) showed higher individualism for the Romanian participants than for the Portuguese ones (on the individualism scale) and higher collectivism for the Portuguese participants than for the Romanian ones (on the collectivism scale).
DAP promote meaningful learning for each child while accounting for a variety of cultural contexts.
That is, all career interventions are situated within a cultural context (Leong & Hartung, 1997) that is shaped by the client's and the counselor's cultural characteristics.
The meaning of these results and the comparisons between them stand on the quality of the measures used and the extent to which the test designers succeeded in creating questions which were relevant to students in different cultural contexts.
Similarly, when a woman learns that her partner is having sex with another person, and her sense of risk increases, in some cultural contexts her perceived right to covert protection may also increase.
Accordingly, by the second page of its introduction, Recalling Fiction's Cultural Contexts has fallen back on broad and risk-free remarks about the relationship between literature and history: for example, that familiarity with historical backgrounds "does enrich our reading" (2).
The study in part 3, dealing with the cultural context, considers the worlds of communication and scientific research.
Rodman advanced his theory of resources in cultural context in order to investigate the empirical findings produced by studies that replicated the work of Blood and Wolfe (1960).
Previous historians had typically failed to consider the tablet's cultural context and relied on later mathematical developments to infer its purpose.
The specificity of the Spirit's speaking means that the conversation with culture and cultural context is crucial to the hermeneutical task.
The brightly-colored booklet provides translations and puts the songs in cultural context.
Typically, qualitative methods are used when understanding the cultural context from which people derive meaning is an important element of a study.

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