What is CONTEXT?

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1. typically, the state or scenario wherein a certain sensation happens. 2. with regard to language, the portions of a speech or documented message that come before or after another term, statement, or other aspect of terminology that help to resolve its meaning. 3. with regard to studies of cognition, the climate wherein a stimulating occurrence takes place, particularly as this impacts the memory, education, judgment, or other mental procedures. 4. with regard to laboratory tasks concerning the perception and understanding of stimulants, the climate wherein an objective stimulant is displayed, comprised of any distractors or maskers.

CONTEXT: "The context in which a word appears will often make it easier to interpret."

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