adjective con·cur·rent \ kən-ˈkər-ənt , -ˈkə-rənt , kän- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of concurrent

1 :operating or occurring at the same time
2 a :running parallel
b :convergent; specifically :meeting or intersecting in a point
3 :acting in conjunction
4 :exercised over the same matter or area by two different authorities
  • concurrent jurisdiction





Examples of concurrent in a Sentence

  1. … the last two Mysore Wars in the 1790s, like the concurrent European wars against Revolutionary France, demonstrated Britain's capacity to reassert and reconfigure itself in the wake of crushing global defeats. —Linda ColleyCaptives2002
  2. Concurrent with the party conventions, an assortment of activists, professional pols and show-biz celebrities with populist pretensions … will gather for four days of speechifying, seminar giving and satirical merrymaking … —Andrew FergusonTime31 July 2000
  3. Added to other evidence, this led to Cooke's conviction and a sentence of two concurrent twenty-year terms. —David FisherHard Evidence1995
  4. the concurrent use of two medications

  5. He's currently serving two concurrent life sentences for murder.

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concurrent and consecutive

Consecutive has a good deal in common with the complementary word concurrent. Besides the fact that both begin with the prefix con- (meaning “with, together”), each word deals with the time-order in which several things happen. Concurrent describes things that are occurring, or people who are doing something, at the same time, such as “concurrent users” of a computer program. Consecutive refers to things that are arranged or happen in a sequential order. A criminal who serves a consecutive sentence does time for one conviction after another. If that person gets a concurrent sentence, he or she undergoes all punishments at the same time.

What Does concurrent Really Mean?

Things that are concurrent usually not only happen at the same time but also are similar to each other. So, for example, multitasking computers are capable of performing concurrent tasks. When we take more than one medication at a time, we run the risks involved with concurrent drug use. And at any multiplex theater several movies are running concurrently.

Origin and Etymology of concurrent

Middle English, from Latin concurrent-, concurrens, present participle of concurrere — see concur

CONCURRENT Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of concurrent for English Language Learners

  • : happening at the same time

Law Dictionary


adjective con·cur·rent \ kən-ˈkər-ənt \

legal Definition of concurrent

1 :occurring, arising, or operating at the same time often in relationship, conjunction, association, or cooperation
  • the power of taxation in the general and state governments is acknowledged to be concurrent
  • McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. 316 (1819)
  • a concurrent tortious act
— see also concurrent cause at cause, concurrent sentence at sentence
2 :insuring the same property to the same extent under identical terms
  • concurrent fire policies
3 :exercised over the same matter or area by two different authorities — see also concurrent jurisdiction at jurisdiction, concurrent power at power 2a



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