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Related to context: Context switching

take (something) out of context

To misrepresent the meaning of an utterance, an action, or a report thereof by omitting or altering the original context in which it was spoken or done. You have to be very careful what you say when you're a politician, because the media are all too happy to take anything you say out of context. The way you're describing what she did sounds terrible, but you're taking things completely out of context.
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out of context

Lacking or removed from the surrounding words or event that gives something its complete, original, or genuine meaning. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. She said the quote had been taken out of context to make it look like she hated her own country, which she claims couldn't be further from the truth. It's hard to know what's going on in the picture when it's out of context like this. Of course you can spin any out-of-context quotation to suit your own agenda.
See also: context, of, out

in the context of something

in the circumstances under which something happens or has happened. In the context of a funeral, laughing loudly is inappropriate. In the context of an argument, it is fine to speak firmly.
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*out of context

[of an utterance or the report of an action] removed from the surrounding context of the event, thereby misrepresenting the intent of the utterance or report. (*Typically: be ~; lift something ~; quote someone or something ~; take something ~.) You took her remarks out of context! You're the dishonest person, not her!
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2010b, 2011), the relative salience of the contexts with respect to the cues (Abad, Ramos-Alvarez, & Rosas, 2009), instructions in human participants (Callejas-Aguilera, Cubillas, & Rosas, 2011), and the informative value of the context (Leon, Abad, & Rosas , 2008, 2010a).
Although these services bring new experience to users, without considering the general context information the service personalization is limited.
Bouton's (1993) review of the literature on context-switch effects in animal associative conditioning found that information about extinction is more context specific than information about simple acquisition.
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Particularly when using recall tests, the more overlap between context encountered during learning and that present at test, the better memory performance (for a review see Smith, 1988).
It is argued in Connolly (2004) that in order to offer an explicit account of this interplay, it is helpful to treat context as a level of description.
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One way to do this would be to focus on the intellectual discipline proper to faith: theology; another would be to consider the informal yet decisive ways in which faith may inform any intellectual inquiry by providing a context that is nourishing--by contrast, let us say, to the global market.
We are aware also that courts may arrive at divergent decisions from our own within the specific context of manganese welding fumes.
We believe that career counseling that is context sensitive includes explicit, ongoing attention not only to the client's cultural contexts but also to the cultural contexts of the counselors.
However, the context in which digital preservation challenges apply is a highly important factor in making the right choice of a solution.
Deutsch (1994) maintained that unfavorable social contexts required conflict managers to be skillful at removing themselves from the context in order to observe and make conscious decisions.
Or, in their zeal to give the dance a wider context, they become expository, rather than evocative.