acontextual

adjective
acon·​tex·​tu·​al | \ ˌā-kän-ˈteks-chə-wəl How to pronounce acontextual (audio) , -kən-, -chəl, -chü-əl\

Definition of acontextual

: 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

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Other Words from acontextual

acontextuality \ ˌā-​kän-​ˌteks-​chə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce acontextuality (audio) \ noun
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

First Known Use of acontextual

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acontextual

a- entry 2 + contextual

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