con·​tem·​po·​ra·​ne·​i·​ty | \ kən-ˌtem-p(ə-)rə-ˈnē-ə-tē How to pronounce contemporaneity (audio) , -ˈnā- \

Definition of contemporaneity

: the quality or state of being contemporaneous or contemporary

Examples of contemporaneity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My musical tastes were still developing, sourced entirely from influence and not yet stoked by the siren call of contemporaneity or sharpened by the edge of innovation. Longreads, "Why Karen Carpenter Matters," 4 Oct. 2019 The sitters look out mutely from Nelson’s ark, and scant concession is made to the fact of their contemporaneity. Teju Cole, New York Times, "Getting Others Right," 13 June 2017 Few commercial comedies age well, but the best ones can retain their charm long after their contemporaneity has faded. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Born Yesterday’ Review: Dumb Blonde Gets Smart," 16 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of contemporaneity

1644, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contemporaneity

contemporane(ous) + -ity

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“Contemporaneity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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