acon·​tex·​tu·​al ˌā-kän-ˈteks-chə-wəl How to pronounce acontextual (audio)
: not occurring in, relating to, determined by, or conforming to a particular context
… identifies the contrasting acontextual self, in which the individual stands apart from family relationships and pursues her or his individual needs and desires with maximum independence.Howard P. Chudacoff, The Age of the Bachelor, 1999
acontextually adverb
It also follows that where a patentee has used a word or phrase which, acontextually, might have a particular meaning (narrow or wide) it does not necessarily have the meaning in context. Cameron McKenna, Mondaq Business Briefing, 29 Apr. 2005

Word History


a- entry 2 + contextual

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acontextual was in 1976

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“Acontextual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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