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    • 1. the area or scenery behind the main object of contemplation, especially when perceived as a framework for it: "the house stands against a background of sheltering trees" Similar surrounding(s)backdropbackclothframeworkOpposite foregroundfront
    • 2. the circumstances or situation prevailing at a particular time or underlying a particular event: "the political and economic background" Similar circumstancescontextconditionssituation

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