con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous | \kən-ˌtem-pə-ˈrā-nē-əs \

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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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 Drawing weapons from their coats, contemporaneous news reports said, the gunmen shot out the nightclub’s lights and then trained their fire on the reveling members of a drug gang called the Arellano Félix organization. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "7 Tons of Cocaine in Jalapeño Cans: The Evidence Against El Chapo," 10 Apr. 2018 As a result, Police Bureau managers and other reviewers are deprived of a critical contemporaneous record,'' the report said. Maxine Bernstein,, "Portland police oversight report: June 4 'kettling' of counter protesters not legally justified," 4 June 2017 Further research is needed, but there appears to be a correlation between the rise in targeted racially divisive social media ads and a near contemporaneous rise in hate crime. Brian Levin, James J. Nolan, CBS News, "New data shows US hate crimes continued to rise in 2017," 26 June 2018 These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and the Site and supersede all prior or contemporaneous understandings regarding such subject matter., "San Diego Union-Tribune Terms of Service," 25 June 2018 Those electronic records, which are recoverable through search warrants, could share contemporaneous insights that describe what occurred, who was involved and whether the five incidents are similar in design or structurally different. Michael Mccann,, "Could Kellen Winslow Jr.'s Attorneys Use Football-Induced Brain Injury as Defense for Alleged Crimes?," 16 June 2018 But the train’s steel-frame Pullman cars smashed into the wooden circus coaches, at speeds between 25 and 60 miles per hour, according to contemporaneous newspaper reports. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Hammond Train Wreck of 1918 Killed Scores of Circus Performers," 22 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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: existing or happening during the same time period

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