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Definition the setting or situation in which something occurs
  • She said she was quoted out of context and that anyone who read her full speech would know it.
context = in a misleading manner (because the quote left out additional words that changed the meaning of what was quoted)
  • She quoted him out of context.
  • context = the real setting or situation in which something occurs
  • It helps to look at the crime rate in historical context.
  • context = with consideration of surrounding setting and conditions
  • "Your Honor," my lawyer chuckled as he stood up, "Ms. Gold's statement is taken totally out of context."
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • out of context = in a misleading way because it lacks the situation in which it occurred
  • The Power of Context says that human beings are a lot more sensitive to their environment than they may seem.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • context = situation or setting
  • Because this is a true story, involving an extraordinary episode in American history, we have included a list of dates and laws we hope will make it easier to follow. It needs some historical context.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • context = description of the setting or situation in which event occur
  • Instead, each time I walked into Colton's room, I saw my little boy slipping deeper into the grip of whatever mysterious monster held him. Not only was he not getting better; he was getting worse faster. ... I had seen this look many times, but in a context where you might expect it, in a patient suffering from terminal cancer or in the final phases of old age.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • context = situation
  • And not only that, but there could be other meanings in relation to the context.
    Stephanie Perkins  --  Anna and the French Kiss
  • context = setting or situation in which something occurs
  • In attempting to understand Everett Ruess and Chris McCandless, it can be illuminating to consider their deeds in a larger context.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • context = surrounding situation
  • When dealing with indigenous peoples ... you must attempt to respect their traditions and confine your explanations to simple concepts that can be understood within the contexts of their belief systems.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • contexts = settings or situations
  • He laid claim to that moment and all its consequences, as if time itself had commenced the instant our station wagon left the road, and there was no history, no context, no agency of any kind until he began it, at the age of seventeen, by falling asleep at the wheel.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • context = setting or situation in which something occurs
  • In order to "know" a couple, we feel as though we have to observe them over many weeks and months and see them in every state ... To make an accurate prediction about something as serious as the future of a marriage—indeed, to make a prediction of any sort—it seems that we would have to gather a lot of information and in as many different contexts as possible. But John Gottman has proven that we don't have to do that at all.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • contexts = situations or settings
  • But it was a dull thought, like a child spelling out the letters of a word which he cannot read, and which if he could would have no meaning or context.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • context = the setting or situation in which something occurs
  • And both of us had second chances. But if the situation or the context where you make the decisions don't change, then second chances don't mean too much, huh?
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • context = setting or situation
  • Sweet, with boundless contempt for my stupidity, would reply that it not only meant but obviously was the word Result, as no other Word containing that sound, and capable of making sense with the context, existed in any language spoken on earth.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • I worried that he was bored, but after a while I got too caught up in the music to care. Then, when Yo-Yo Ma played "Le Grand Tango," Adam reached over and grasped my hand. In any other context, this would have been cheesy, the old yawn-and-cop-a-feel move. But Adam wasn't looking at me. His eyes were closed and he was swaying slightly in his seat. He was lost in the music, too.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • context = situation
  • The market testers assumed that they could simply play one of his songs or part of one of his songs for someone over the telephone or on the Internet and the response of listeners would serve as a reliable guide to what music buyers would feel about the song. Their thinking was that music lovers can thin-slice a new song in a matter of seconds, and there is nothing wrong with that idea in principle. But thin-slicing has to be done in context.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • in context = with consideration of surrounding setting and conditions
  • Of course, he did more than just point me to the Rhodes Scholarship; he instructed me to learn the larger historical context of the award.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • He had been told nothing about the tribes involved; all identifying context had been edited out.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • The blind sip test is the wrong context for thin-slicing Coke.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink

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