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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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 The contemporaneous record appears more credible than Comey's memory more than a year later. Glenn Kessler,, "Fact Check: Comey claims he didn't tell Congress the FBI thought Flynn was not intentionally lying," 19 May 2018 Lauren Halsey’s 2018 Crenshaw District Hieroglyphic Project, a monument to South Central Los Angeles’s communities, represents one of the most contemporaneous works. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Can hip-hop make architecture more equitable?," 8 Oct. 2018 According to a recent oral history of the Microsoft trial and a more contemporaneous Wired report, regulators took years to seriously act on Reback and Creighton’s warnings. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "How the antitrust battles of the ‘90s set the stage for today’s tech giants," 6 Sep. 2018 Note-takers are not essential: In the past, interpreters have fulfilled that role by drawing on their contemporaneous notes to provide an official, historic record. Washington Post, "Alone time: Trump, Kim Jong Un ditch aides to meet 1 on 1," 13 June 2018 Note-takers are not essential: In the past, interpreters have fulfilled that role by drawing on their contemporaneous translation notes to provide an official, historic record. Josh Lederman And Matthew Lee,, "Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet one on one, raising concerns," 11 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of contemporaneous

formal : existing or happening during the same time period

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a strong desire or propensity

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