Well, as it is said in the title of my question, I'm wondering what the adjective and adverb of content are. Similarly, we have context whose adjective and adverb are contextual and contextually respectively, but what about content?

  • Did you mean content as regards that which is contained in something? Or did you mean content meaning in a state of peaceful happiness - which is of course already an adjective? If you are talking about the latter, the adverb would be contentedly. But if we are discussing the contents of a box, I am afraid that it doesn't have inflections. You will need to use things like content specific, content regarding, content determined, content depending etc.
    – WS2
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 8:42
  • @WS2 I meant content like "content of a page, book etc".
    – lonesome
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 8:48
  • You could use prepositions to provide descriptive use, such as the book was lacking in content, or his ideas are full of content.
    – WS2
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 9:00
  • Note that the verb most closely corresponding to the noun "content" (meaning "what's inside") is "contain".
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Oct 18, 2015 at 12:40

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I guess you are not asking about the verb content. If you are, then they would be contented and contentedly.

I am quite sure you are asking about the noun content, like the nutritional content of milk, the news content of newspaper, the story content of a book, etc.

The adjective would be content-related. For example,

  • He asked me contextual questions about the book.
  • He asked me content-related questions about the book.

The adverb would content-wise. For example,

  • He spoke contextually about Paul's admonishment that women kept quiet, but asked their husbands at home.

  • He spoke content-wise about his recent book on Paul's admonishments for women.

  • "Content-wise" is an adverb? Can you explain this a bit more. Usually an adverb can move around, but yours cannot go in front of spoke: "He content-wise spoke about..." Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 15:23
  • He likewise spoke to me. He spoke to me likewise. Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 20:16
  • So in this sentence, "Content-wise, this is a good book to read." "content-wise" is an adverb? Maybe this is a class of adverbs I am not familiar with. I honestly don't know, but it seems fishy to me, that the adverb cannot go in front of the verb in your example. Maybe this would be good for a "Question" on this site. Commented Sep 19, 2015 at 2:21
  • well, I am more confused now oO
    – lonesome
    Commented Sep 19, 2015 at 10:31
  • feev, I did not expect you to have problems understanding the function of an adverb. Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 7:29

Probably it's will be the following adjective in use

to be contained in

Content means there will be something in it. Something is being contained by something.

  • Content and contain are totally two different things. One is noun while the other is a verb.
    – lonesome
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 8:07
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    If you so want: Context and contextual are also two totally different things. One is a noun while the other is an adjective.
    – Sven W.
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 8:12
  • But their origin is a same word. For God sake!
    – lonesome
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 8:29
  • content (n.) = "that which is contained," early 15c., from Latin contentum, contenta, noun use of past participle of continere.
    – mikeagg
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 8:51
  • contain (v.) late 13c., from Old French contein-, stem of contenir, from Latin continere.
    – mikeagg
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 8:51

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