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coexistence

[koh-ig-zis-tuh ns] /ˌkoʊ ɪgˈzɪs təns/
noun
1.
the act or state of coexisting.
2.
a policy of living peacefully with other nations, religions, etc., despite fundamental disagreements.
Origin of coexistence
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; co- + existence
Related forms
coexistent, adjective
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n.

also co-existence, mid-15c., "joint existence;" see co- + existence. As "peaceful relations between states of different ideologies," 1954, a Cold War term.

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