Definition of decontextualize in US English:


(British decontextualise)


[with object]usually as adjective decontextualized
  • Consider (something) in isolation from its context.

    ‘coffee-table photo books with their beautiful but decontextualized photographs’
    • ‘Furthermore, this view rejects the idea that knowledge can be decontextualized, or something that can in any trivial way be grounded on an ‘external reality.’’
    • ‘This is dangerous, as the vast majority of information displayed on television is decontextualized.’
    • ‘Events are decontextualised - taken from their position as consequences of previous actions - and left unanalysed so that audiences do not have the information to place the event within its historical circumstances.’
    • ‘I wasn't expected a unified theory of everything, but what I got was a series of half-baked epigrams, muddled thinking and decontextualised attacks on every philosopher under the sun.’
    • ‘Monographic exhibitions are invaluable tools for understanding because they allow the viewer to become immersed in an artist's work, but they can also be deceptive by decontextualizing the art in question.’
    • ‘In such times, it is particularly important to reexamine apparently decontextualized rules, forms, and other such structures.’
    • ‘On the whole, social historians are careful to avoid decontextualizing the life of the mind and culture from the larger structures of which they were a part.’
    • ‘They're rendered completely meaningless because those sorts of tests absolutely decontextualise the person.’
    • ‘Its decontextualised images and sinister sonic refrains were allowed to retain their unsettling force.’
    • ‘However, it is the nature of this type of photography that - even in the field - the singled-out objects were already decontextualized.’
    • ‘The decontextualised quotes attributed to me take on a meaning which is different from the actual message I passed on to Stephen Thompson.’
    • ‘Rather, if fault must be found, it probably stems from our persistent attempts to seek from indigenous peoples a decontextualised and universal knowledge which we hope might save the world.’
    • ‘Postmodernism and social constructionism remind us to be suspect of any constructs that seek to establish themselves as decontextualized truths.’
    • ‘Dominant currents in the philosophy of technology thus essentialise technology, decontextualise it, and abstract it from culture and human meaning, and thus fail to see how deeply embedded technology is in everyday life.’
    • ‘It remains external to us, mere decontextualised information.’
    • ‘But all I really had were decontextualized images.’
    • ‘Highly decontextualised, melodies play nevertheless an important role in the music of Autechre, conveying part of the emotional body of their work.’
    • ‘Elsewhere in the show, images of window openings, staircases, mirrors and decontextualized objects were all out of focus, inviting yet inevitably disorienting.’
    • ‘Although the objects are decontextualized, the barren tableaux in which they are situated strangely evoke their natural environments, as the viewer's imagination is provoked to fill in the blanks.’
    • ‘I should stress that what I saw was partial and decontextualised, and it may be faked.’