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- adverb Without regard to
context; in an acontextualway.
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The thesis is that it is only relative to a contextually-determined standard that a knowledge sentence expresses a complete proposition: change the standard, and you change what the sentence expresses; acontextually, however, no such proposition is expressed.
Most people, when confronted with an opinion from Chief Justice Marshall, a fortiori one that limits national power, would say to themselves "gee, I opened up the Constitution and this line was in there, but maybe the story's a bit more complex, maybe this bit of text I'm reading ahistorically and acontextually might not mean what it's convenient for me to believe it means."
A captive army may surrender after their military commander disappears, but this can’t be imputed acontextually to every military style organization.