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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Synonyms & Antonyms for concurrence


accord, agreement, concurrency, consensus, unanimity, unison


conflict, disagreement

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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

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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 Justice Elena Kagan wrote a separate concurrence for herself and the court’s other three liberal justices. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Consequences of the Supreme Court’s Punt on Gerrymandering," 18 June 2018 Conservative justices agree — and then some In rare moves, conservative justices eager to be out front on this case that Justice Daniel Kelly wrote not only the majority opinion siding with McAdams, but then a separate concurrence with himself. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette professor John McAdams prevails: Five takeaways from Wisconsin Supreme Court decision," 6 July 2018 In a season when Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop has failed to replicate his All-Star form from 2017, his home run in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins came in concurrence with something that was also lacking — plate discipline. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles' Jonathan Schoop hoping for selectivity, slugging to return in tandem," 17 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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