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concomitant

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adjective con·com·i·tant \kən-ˈkä-mə-tənt, kän-\

Definition of concomitant

  1. :  accompanying especially in a subordinate or incidental way

concomitantly

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Examples of concomitant in a Sentence

  1. … Christopher Walken delivers his customary edge without any of his clichéd, concomitant weirdness. —Stephen Whitty, Entertainment Weekly, 12 Feb. 1999

  2. 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 History, 1989

  3. 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

  4. The drug's risks increase with the concomitant use of alcohol.

  5. an improvement in the facilities led to a concomitant improvement in morale

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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.

Origin and Etymology of concomitant

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

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noun con·com·i·tant \kən-ˈkä-mə-tənt, kän-\

Definition of concomitant

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

Examples of concomitant in a Sentence

  1. … 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

  2. 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

  3. hunger, a lack of education, and other concomitants of poverty

  4. disease is all too often one of the concomitants of poverty

Origin and Etymology of concomitant

see 1concomitant


CONCOMITANT Defined for English Language Learners

concomitant

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Definition of concomitant for English Language Learners

  • : happening at the same time as something else

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Definition of concomitant for English Language Learners

  • : something that happens at the same time as something else : a condition that is associated with some other condition



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