adjective co·in·ci·dent \ kō-ˈin(t)-sə-dənt , -ˌdent \

Definition of coincident

1 : of similar nature : harmonious
  • a theory coincident with the facts
2 : occupying the same space or time
  • coincident events
  • Animal hibernation is usually coincident with the approach of winter.


play \kō-ˈin(t)-sə-dənt-lē, -ˌdent-; (ˌ)kō-ˌin(t)-sə-ˈdent-lē\ adverb

Examples of coincident in a Sentence

  1. the hard economic times and the coincident increase in crime were a double strain on the city's social services

  2. a study to determine whether the areas with the highest family incomes were coincident with the locations boasting the highest percentage of college graduates

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Origin and Etymology of coincident

borrowed from Medieval Latin coincident-, coincidens, present participle of coincidere "to agree in nature, coincide"

Synonym Discussion of coincident

contemporary, contemporaneous, coeval, synchronous, simultaneous, coincident mean existing or occurring at the same time. contemporary is likely to apply to people and what relates to them.
    • Abraham Lincoln was contemporary with Charles Darwin
contemporaneous is more often applied to events than to people.
    • contemporaneous accounts of the kidnapping
coeval refers usually to periods, ages, eras, eons.
    • two stars thought to be coeval
synchronous implies exact correspondence in time and especially in periodic intervals.
    • synchronous timepieces
simultaneous implies correspondence in a moment of time.
    • the two shots were simultaneous
coincident is applied to events and may be used in order to avoid implication of causal relationship.
    • the end of World War II was coincident with a great vintage year

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Definition of coincident for English Language Learners

  • : happening at the same time

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