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Definition of coterminous

1 : having the same or coincident (see coincident sense 2) boundaries a voting district coterminous with the city
2 : coextensive in scope or duration … an experience of life coterminous with the years of his father.— Elizabeth Hardwick

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coterminously adverb

Examples of coterminous in a Sentence

the Alfred Lunt–Lynn Fontanne partnership was more or less coterminous with Broadway's golden age Massachusetts' Nantucket County isn't quite coterminous with the island of the same name, as the county includes two small nearby islets.
Recent Examples on the Web Stan had a massive share in that, but SLM wasn’t coterminous with his own self — something that would come back to bite him later. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "Stan Lee and the Dot-Com Disaster," 12 Feb. 2021 But low-lying parishes such as Orleans, which is coterminous with New Orleans city, also prepare to shelter those who can’t afford hotels, don’t have cars, or have disabilities that makes evacuation more precarious. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "‘Everything has changed’: How hurricane preparations are adapting to a deadly pandemic," 25 Aug. 2020 Until the end of the 19th century, Kings County, the county coterminous with Brooklyn, was the second-largest provider of produce in the country, according to the BHS. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Explore Centuries of Brooklyn’s History With These Newly Digitized Maps," 30 July 2020 Our ability to transform patterns of human energy use is coterminous with our ability to imagine a different economy, a different model of human enterprise and togetherness. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Making Life Cheap," 18 May 2020 For many, the mere notion of coterminous catastrophes is unconscionable. Robin George Andrews, The Atlantic, "What Happens If a ‘Big One’ Strikes During the Pandemic?," 9 May 2020 New York County — coterminous with the borough of Manhattan — had a near nation-leading rate of infection as of the end of March, with 51.1 cases per 10,000 people. Samuel Stebbins, USA TODAY, "New York, Gilpin are among the places a COVID-19 recession will likely hit hardest," 9 Apr. 2020 But in liberal meritocratic capitalism the two groups are coterminous, because the wealthy invest heavily in their children’s education and the talented earn huge sums. The Economist, "A scholar of inequality ponders the future of capitalism," 2 Nov. 2019 Never coterminous with Nazism, anti-Semitism becomes truly dangerous to a society only when espoused by its leaders and politicians. Ruth Wisse, WSJ, "The Many Faces of Jew-Hatred," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of coterminous

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coterminous

alteration of conterminous

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24 Feb 2021

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“Coterminous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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