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1 existing or occurring at the same period of time
  • the absurd notion that early cave dwellers were contemporary with the dinosaurs

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Synonyms of contemporary (Entry 2 of 2)

a person who lives at the same time or is about the same age as another
  • Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were exact contemporaries, actually being born on the same day in 1809

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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

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The first known use of contemporary was in 1614

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“Contemporary.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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