Context clue


a method by which the meanings of unknown words may be obtained by examining the parts of a sentence surrounding the word for definition/explanation clues, restatement/synonym clues, contrast/antonym clues, and inference/general context clues
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  • Context-free

    Said of a grammar where the syntax of each constituent is independent of the symbols occuring before and after it in a sentence. Parsers for such grammars are simpler than those for context-dependent grammars because the parser need only know the current symbol.

  • Contextless

    [kon-tekst] /ˈkɒn tɛkst/ noun 1. the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect: You have misinterpreted my remark because you took it out of context. 2. the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc. 3. […]

  • Context-of-situation

    noun, Linguistics. 1. the totality of extralinguistic features having relevance to a communicative act.

  • Contextomy

    [kon-teks-tuh-mee] /kɒnˈtɛks tə mi/ noun, plural contextomies for 2. 1. the practice of misquoting someone by shortening the quotation or by leaving out surrounding words or sentences that would place the quotation in context. 2. an instance of this.

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