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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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Other Words from coterminous

coterminously adverb

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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 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 Past, present and future are coterminous here, a sense underscored by Jon Clark’s lighting and Luke Halls’s video projections, which summon an eternal Manhattan that is equal parts steel and shadow. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Is a Transfixing Epic of Riches and Ruin," 13 July 2018 Victim politics is coterminous with the rise of democracy in the eighteenth century. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Centrist Grievance Against “Victim Politics”," 7 May 2018 In that event, the term of the agreement was to become coterminous with that distribution deal, matching its scope. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Bishop Briggs' Former Manager & Producers File Lawsuit Claiming Breach of Contract," 13 Mar. 2018 Putting the Department of the Interior in Salt Lake City would make practical sense, given that the federal government owns about half the land of eleven coterminous Western states, including Utah. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Rethinking the Geography of Power," 1 Feb. 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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“Coterminous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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