atextual

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a- +‎ textual.

Adjective[edit]

atextual (comparative more atextual, superlative most atextual)

  1. Not textual; not derived from written works.
    • 1983, Edward W. Said, The World, the Text, and the Critic, page 45:
      What Marx attacks are the atextual theses that history is made up of free events and that history is guided by superior individuals.
  2. (law) Of an interpretation of a statute or similar governing provision, derived from something other than the text of the provision.
    • Rasul v. Bush, 542 U.S. 466 (2007), Scalia, J., dissenting:
      Neither party to the present case challenges the atextual extension of the habeas statute to United States citizens held beyond the territorial jurisdictions of the United States courts...