contemporaneous

adjective
con·​tem·​po·​ra·​ne·​ous | \ kən-ˌtem-pə-ˈrā-nē-əs How to pronounce contemporaneous (audio) \

Definition of contemporaneous

: existing, occurring, or originating during the same time social and political events that were contemporaneous with each other

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Other Words from contemporaneous

contemporaneously adverb
contemporaneousness noun

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contemporary, contemporaneous, coeval, synchronous, simultaneous, coincident mean existing or occurring at the same time. contemporary is likely to apply to people and what relates to them. Abraham Lincoln was contemporary with Charles Darwin contemporaneous is more often applied to events than to people. contemporaneous accounts of the kidnapping coeval refers usually to periods, ages, eras, eons. two stars thought to be coeval synchronous implies exact correspondence in time and especially in periodic intervals. synchronous timepieces simultaneous implies correspondence in a moment of time. the two shots were simultaneous coincident is applied to events and may be used in order to avoid implication of causal relationship. the end of World War II was coincident with a great vintage year

Examples of contemporaneous in a Sentence

the contemporaneous publication of the two articles contemporaneous accounts of the battle from officers on both sides

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The most immediate standout is a three-night series of double features that pair a classic Hollywood film noir with a contemporaneous screwball comedy. Jordan Cronk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Picks: A July To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.," 1 July 2019 That means readers can check out ads for films like Ghostbusters, Return of the Jedi, Blade Runner, Terminator, Starship Troopers, and many more, as well as excerpts from contemporaneous reviews and capsule summaries. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Vintage ads for Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, Jedi showcased in new book Ad Astra," 21 June 2019 Carleton’s contemporaneous notes are a model of clarity and completeness, telling the whole story in chronological order in elegant cursive lettering. Sean P. Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "A broken refrigerator and the store that took too long to make things right," 10 June 2019 During the first Christopher Liberation Day in 1970, so many marchers showed up that the New York iteration stretched for 15 blocks according to a contemporaneous report from The New York Times. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "The First Pride Marches, in Photos," 7 June 2019 Donaldson appears as a critical contemporaneous narrator of some of the most worrisome and tempestuous moments inside the West Wing. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "White House tells Hicks, ex-McGahn aide to ignore subpoenas," 4 June 2019 Take contemporaneous notes, or even video comments if that’s a reasonable option. Liz Reyer, The Seattle Times, "How to take on someone who says sexist and demeaning things at work," 25 Mar. 2019 The study compared 295 Neanderthal skull pieces, from individuals who lived between 20,000 and 80,000 years ago, to 541 contemporaneous humans (i.e., people like you and me) living in Eurasia. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Students and parents reported Walstein’s troubling behavior on at least six occasions, beginning in 1989, according to interviews, with contemporaneous emails and media accounts backing up some assertions. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "In a prestigious high school math and science program, alumni say #MeToo," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of contemporaneous

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contemporaneous

Latin contemporaneus, from com- + tempor-, tempus time

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contemporaneous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of contemporaneous

formal : existing or happening during the same time period

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