Definition of decontextualized in English:


Syllabification: de·con·tex·tu·al·ized
Pronunciation: /ˌdēkənˈteksCH(əw)əˌlīzd


Considered in isolation from its context: coffee-table photo books with their beautiful but decontextualized photographs
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  • We've taken a short phrase out of context, and such a decontextualized phrase from anyone's work might be construed to mean almost anything, even if it had been entirely lucid in its original setting.
  • For example, at-risk adolescents who smoke cigarettes tend to define smoking in terms of both mental ‘sets’ and contextual ‘settings’ rather than as a decontextualized, pathological behavior.
  • One thinks of contemporary photographers like Philip-Lorca diCorcia, with his expertly lit, decontextualized portraits, or Gregory Crewdson's eerie suburbs.



Pronunciation: /-ˌteksCHo͞oələˈzāSHən/
More example sentences
  • Can's music anticipated both the musical trend toward decontextualization via electronics, post-production, and editing, and the cultural trend toward collective experience and shared information.
  • Three embedded themes emerged from the literature's texts and images: decontextualization, improbable alternatives, and stereotypical biases of age, class, and gender.
  • This trend of decontextualization had effects upon both philosophy and science almost to the present day.


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  • Though circumstance can lead women into unwanted professions, Mehta emphasises ‘tradition’ and ‘culture’ as the roots for these situations and decontextualises them from colonial dynamics.
  • The characters were stripped of their place; they were decontextualized and taken out of the Manhattan setting that made them familiar.
  • By appropriating the tracking shot from film, video decontextualizes it.

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