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

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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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The chief justice wrote 12 opinions total, seven for the majority, two concurrences, and three dissents. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "We charted the ideological lines along which each Supreme Court justice voted," 3 July 2019 Justice Samuel Alito cast the deciding vote that enabled the liberals to prevail this time, but his three-paragraph concurrence made clear that the victory may be short-lived. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Is One Vote Away from Changing How the U.S. Is Governed," 3 July 2019 Justice Thomas signed this concurrence and penned one of his own repeating his idiosyncratic view that only the federal government—not states or cities—should be subject to the constraints of the Establishment Clause. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "The Supreme Court blesses a cross-shaped war memorial in Maryland," 20 June 2019 Elena Kagan’s concurrence seemed to want to smooth any ruffled feathers. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "SCOTUS says the Christian cross has “secular” meaning, citing Notre Dame in France," 20 June 2019 Justice Clarence Thomas joined Gorsuch’s concurrence. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme Court allows 40-foot ‘Peace Cross’ on state property," 20 June 2019 That extra layer of review took several months and the panel’s concurrence with the authority that no more work was needed was the final approval the authority needs to set a date for reopening. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal to open July 1 after engineers give the OK," 11 June 2019 Masterpiece’s concurrences suggest that Justices Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch would like to apply a broader idea of religious liberty. John Sides, Washington Post, "Still trying to understand the wedding cake case? Here are your answers.," 6 June 2018 Justice Kagan also offers a First Amendment teaser to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who didn’t join the liberal concurrence. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Supreme Court’s Gerrymander Tease," 18 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 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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