con·​cur·​rence | \kən-ˈkər-ən(t)s, -ˈkə-rən(t)s, kän-\

Definition of concurrence 

1a : agreement or union in action : cooperation

b(1) : agreement in opinion or design

(2) : consent obtained the written concurrence of the attorney general

2 : a coincidence of equal powers in law

3a : the simultaneous occurrence of events or circumstances The concurrence of heavy rain and strong winds delayed the plane's departure.

b : the meeting of concurrent lines in a point

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the concurrence of my birthday and the concert by my favorite rock band made my preference for a birthday present pretty obvious looked for some sign of concurrence among the delegates to the conference

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This was denied, and Kavanaugh separately agreed with that decision in a November 2015 concurrence. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "NSA metadata program “consistent” with Fourth Amendment, Kavanaugh once argued," 9 Sep. 2018 Also, the phenomenon has been documented only in concurrence with a normal aurora — which is why scientists need your help to learn more about how the two phenomena are connected. Samantha Mathewson,, "Help NASA Study 'Steve,' a Newfound Aurora Type," 15 Mar. 2018 My greater concern is not the Minnesota Law Review article, but his short concurrence to the Klayman case. Jen Kirby, Vox, "7 legal experts on how Kavanaugh views executive power — and what it could mean for Mueller," 11 July 2018 Legal delays were the entire reason for the prisoner’s stay in solitary confinement that Kennedy assailed in his concurrence last year. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "America under Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 The concurrence was co-signed by Neil Gorsuch, who, as the latest addition to the Supreme Court, was a deciding vote in the Abbott v. Perez case. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Supreme Court Punts on Partisan Gerrymandering as Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas Set Sights on Dismantling Voting Rights Act," 25 June 2018 It was approved 54-0 and moves to the House for concurrence. Washington Post, "Illinois lawmaker quits leadership job amid harassment claim," 2 June 2018 Kennedy also penned a key concurrence opinion in another case — this one about the extent of federal water-pollution law — that underpinned how the Obama administration wrote its most significant and controversial rule on water pollution. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Kennedy's retirement could bring a seismic shift to environmental law," 28 June 2018 The separate concurrence in the travel ban case felt to me like a Kennedy mic drop. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Bracing For a Supreme Court Retirement Bombshell," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of concurrence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for concurrence

Middle English, "concentration," borrowed from Medieval Latin concurrentia "coming together, simultaneous occurrence," noun derivative of Latin concurrent-, concurrens "running together, concurrent"

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English Language Learners Definition of concurrence

: the state of agreeing with someone or something

: a situation in which two or more things happen at the same time : a situation in which things are concurrent


con·​cur·​rence | \kən-ˈkər-əns \

Legal Definition of concurrence 

1 : the simultaneous occurrence of events or circumstances

2 : an agreement in judgment specifically : a judge's or justice's separate opinion that differs in reasoning but agrees in the decision of the court

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