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
Recent Examples on the Web His contemporaneous notes indicate the conversation was on March 19. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, "Mother unraveled in depression, QAnon-style conspiracies in months before she killed 3 kids," 17 Apr. 2021 The researchers compared their findings to other studies of homes in contemporaneous ancient cities in Mesoamerica, a region from central Mexico through Central America. NBC News, "Maya ruins in Belize offer peek at ancient wealth inequality," 25 Mar. 2021 Judge Corley noted the absence of contemporaneous records of any promises Fidelity made from late 2017. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Fidelity’s Charitable Arm Wins in Hedge-Fund Founders’ Lawsuit," 27 Feb. 2021 In that case, a contemporaneous forex capital gains election is better on the Section 988 trades. Robert Green, Forbes, "Tips For Traders: Preparing 2020 Tax Returns, Extensions, And 475 Elections," 2 Mar. 2021 All conversations are contemporaneous; they aren’t saved or archived. Ryan Kost,, "On Clubhouse, a conversation about ‘the future of S.F.’ sparks familiar debate," 21 Jan. 2021 The solar barge interpretation is challenged by Dr. Gebhard and Dr. Krause, who think the curved shape of the figure does not match contemporaneous depictions of such sky boats found in dig sites from Egypt up through Scandinavia. New York Times, "A Bitter Archaeological Feud Over an Ancient Vision of the Cosmos," 19 Jan. 2021 According to the official who kept contemporaneous notes, Birx and Fauci pushed for shutting down European travel. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 But nearly all contemporaneous stories depict Lennon as a steadfast and joyful father, totally consumed with domestic life. NBC News, "John Lennon as 'stay-at-home dad': Inside his final years," 6 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of contemporaneous was circa 1656

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29 Apr 2021

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“Contemporaneous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of contemporaneous

formal : existing or happening during the same time period

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