co·​ex·​ten·​sive | \ ˌkō-ik-ˈsten(t)-siv How to pronounce coextensive (audio) \

Definition of coextensive

: having the same spatial or temporal scope or boundaries

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coextensively adverb

Examples of coextensive in a Sentence

South Dakota's Todd County is coextensive with the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. the golden age of Dutch culture was roughly coextensive with the Netherlands' reign as a world power
Recent Examples on the Web The comparison with Lauren Bacall suggests a connection between kinds of beauty, or suggests, rather, that there’s always and only one beauty, which is coextensive with the life of God. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 In a few decades the internet has swallowed the record, and become coextensive with it. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Elusive Price—and Prize—of Fame on the Internet," 20 Aug. 2019 These bonds always threaten to become chains for Baldwin, and lineage seems coextensive with numbing repetition. Ismail Muhammad, Slate Magazine, "How critics have misconstrued his influence on today’s great black nonfiction writers.," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of coextensive

1679, in the meaning defined above

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“Coextensive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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