contemporaneous

adjective con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous \ kən-ˌtem-pə-ˈrā-nē-əs \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of contemporaneous

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

contemporaneously

adverb

contemporaneousness

noun

Examples of contemporaneous in a Sentence

  1. the contemporaneous publication of the two articles

  2. contemporaneous accounts of the battle from officers on both sides

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Origin and Etymology of contemporaneous

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

Synonym Discussion of contemporaneous

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

CONTEMPORANEOUS Defined for English Language Learners

contemporaneous

adjective

Definition of contemporaneous for English Language Learners

  • : existing or happening during the same time period



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