con·​cur·​rence | \ kən-ˈkər-ən(t)s How to pronounce concurrence (audio) , -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

Examples of concurrence in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web Four justices—Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett—signed on to Alito’s opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a separate concurrence agreeing with the judgment and the court’s three liberal justices dissented. Alison Durkee, Forbes, 25 June 2022 In a separate concurrence, Justice Samuel Alito questioned the relevance of statistics on mass shooting events, suicides by firearms, and the use of guns in domestic disputes. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 June 2022 That’s what Justice Samuel Alito argues in Dobbs and in his concurrence, the day before, in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc., et al. Corey Robin, The New Yorker, 9 July 2022 Finally, as Chief Justice Roberts observed in his Dobbs concurrence, Brown was unanimous. Brad Snyder, CNN, 9 July 2022 Justice Neil Gorsuch in his concurrence has a different sort of test. Lisa Song, ProPublica, 5 July 2022 Relying on such civil lawsuits instead of prosecutions could prove to be less constitutionally problematic and might not breach the bright line Kavanaugh seemed to draw in his concurrence. Globe Staff,, 1 July 2022 That’s a possibility Justice Clarence Thomas practically typed in ALLCAPS in his concurrence in order to signal he’s eager to steal those rights from Americans too. Ky Henderson, Rolling Stone, 27 June 2022 But Kavanaugh’s concurrence does not address the civil enforcement strategy that is gaining traction among antiabortion groups, Cohen said. Caroline Kitchener, Devlin Barrett, Anchorage Daily News, 30 June 2022 See More

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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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con·​cur·​rence | \ kən-ˈkər-əns How to pronounce concurrence (audio) \

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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