con·​com·​i·​tant | \ kən-ˈkä-mə-tənt How to pronounce concomitant (audio) , kän- \

Definition of concomitant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: accompanying especially in a subordinate or incidental way


con·​com·​i·​tant | \ kən-ˈkä-mə-tənt How to pronounce concomitant (audio) , kän- \

Definition of concomitant (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that accompanies or is collaterally connected with something else : accompaniment

Other Words from concomitant


concomitantly adverb

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Concomitant was introduced into English at a time when many people were criticizing the use of Latinate forms in favor of more "native" words from Old English. As a descendant of Latin concomitari ("to accompany") and ultimately of "comes," the Latin word for companion, "concomitant" may well have been initially derided as an ostentatious inkhorn term. Indeed, two associated words, the verb concomitate, meaning "to accompany," and another adjective, concomitaneous, meaning "of a concomitant nature," didn't survive to accompany "concomitant" into the 18th century.

Examples of concomitant in a Sentence

Adjective … Christopher Walken delivers his customary edge without any of his clichéd, concomitant weirdness. — Stephen Whitty, Entertainment Weekly, 12 Feb. 1999 The Lincoln and Johnson plans for settling the problems of peace and freedom never seriously touched on the concomitant problem of equality. — John Hope Franklin, "The Two Worlds of Race," 1965, in Race and History1989 But it was observed that this pill would be peculiarly bitter to the Southern States, and that some concomitant measure should be adopted to sweeten it a little to them. — Thomas Jefferson 4 Feb. 1818, in Thomas Jefferson: Writings1984 The drug's risks increase with the concomitant use of alcohol. an improvement in the facilities led to a concomitant improvement in morale Noun In the local bickering which was a concomitant of the grand campaigns of the wars, there may have been considerable fighting around fortifications, even if on a relatively small and brief scale. — Anthony Goodman, The War of the Roses, (1981) 1996 … there is a demand for schools, professional services, and such other concomitants of a full society as courthouses and jails. — Anthony Bailey, New Yorker, 25 May 1987 hunger, a lack of education, and other concomitants of poverty disease is all too often one of the concomitants of poverty See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Unless Western nations expand mining in friendly countries—swiftly and without concomitant increases in emissions and pollution—electrification will hinge on China. Wal Van Lierop, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 When New York City’s second COVID wave arrived, in late 2020, there was no concomitant wave of decarceration. Rachael Bedard, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2022 The question is whether the agency will collapse under the growing weight of its concomitant processing and administrative problems. Daniel J. Pilla, National Review, 21 Mar. 2022 There is a whimsical kind of comfort to be found in this simplicity, and the concomitant sense that, in those pre-Internet days, bare facts, plainly told, were enough to fire up the imagination. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 China is currently expanding government dominance of its economy and suffering a concomitant reduction in economic growth, tech-stock valuations and employment. Phil Gramm And Mike Solon, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 Digital music is a rare example of service sector disintermediation with concomitant price declines. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2022 For example, a fund might be based on selecting companies that are underperforming on some dimension of sustainability but through engagement this can be improved with a concomitant improvement in financial performance. Robert G. Eccles, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 In order to maintain this exponential growth, which would imply around 8.5 million new EV sales in 2021 and could entail over 20 million in 2022, there will need to be a concomitant increase in battery production. James Morris, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The consequence, as noted above, was cities, and the inevitable concomitant of cities was states. George Scialabba, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, occupation forces committed scores of atrocities in both countries — some the typical concomitants of war, some simply gratuitous crimes, as in the torture dungeon at Abu Ghraib and the Nisour Square massacre. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, 7 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of concomitant


1607, in the meaning defined above


1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concomitant

Adjective and Noun

Latin concomitant-, concomitans, present participle of concomitari to accompany, from com- + comitari to accompany, from comit-, comes companion — more at count

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“Concomitant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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