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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Vasquez also asked Heard about the lack of contemporaneous medical records that would document the abuse. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 16 May 2022 Jackie Kennedy led the Fine Arts Committee for the White House’s effort to seek out pieces that had once been in the White House or were contemporaneous with furnishings that had been there. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Their bodies’ gauche but vital shapes put me in mind of Helen Levitt’s contemporaneous photographs of children playing in the streets of New York’s poorer neighborhoods. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2022 Fabulous wonders abound, echoed in sumptuous contemporaneous portraits. Sarah Mower, Vogue, 19 Mar. 2022 Linklater and his animation head Tommy Pallotta pulled inspiration from a variety of contemporaneous places— Kodachrome, Saturday morning cartoons Cronkite-era newsreel footage. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 Media scholars like Daniel Czitrom and Jeffrey Sconce have noted how contemporaneous research linked the emergence and prevalence of neurasthenia to the rapid proliferation of telegraphic news in the late 19th century. Michael J. Socolow, Chron, 10 Mar. 2022 Media scholars like Daniel Czitrom and Jeffrey Sconce have noted how contemporaneous research linked the emergence and prevalence of neurasthenia to the rapid proliferation of telegraphic news in the late 19th century. Michael J. Socolow, The Conversation, 9 Mar. 2022 Horowitz toggles back and forth between an intimate knowledge of late-19th and 20th-century American music and his views on contemporaneous literature. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of contemporaneous

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contemporaneous

borrowed from Medieval Latin contemporāneus, from Latin con- con- + tempor-, tempus "time" + -āneus, compound suffix formed from -ānus -an entry 2 + -eus -eous — more at -eous

Note: The Latin word contemporāneus occurs as a noun in the sense "contemporary" in a chapter heading of Aulus Gellius's Noctes Atticae (19.14), though these headings are most likely a post-classical interpolation. The word is otherwise not attested before the early Middle Ages.

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“Contemporaneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contemporaneous. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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