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[kuh n-tem-puh-rey-nee-uh s] /kənˌtɛm pəˈreɪ ni əs/
living or occurring during the same period of time; contemporary.
Origin of contemporaneous
1650-60; < Latin contemporāneus, equivalent to con- con- + tempor- (stem of tempus time) + -āneus (-ān(us) -an + -eus -eous)
Related forms
[kuh n-tem-per-uh-nee-i-tee] /kənˌtɛm pər əˈni ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
contemporaneousness, noun
contemporaneously, adverb
noncontemporaneous, adjective
noncontemporaneously, adverb
noncontemporaneousness, noun
precontemporaneity, noun
precontemporaneous, adjective
precontemporaneously, adverb
uncontemporaneous, adjective
uncontemporaneously, adverb
uncontemporaneousness, noun
Can be confused
contemporary, contemporaneous (see synonym study at contemporary)
simultaneous, concurrent.
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Historical Examples
  • They cannot be indeed separated from contemporaneity; for that would be to separate them from the mind itself.

    Biographia Literaria Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • It employs historical methods, and uses the simplexii tests of comparison and contemporaneity.

  • Thus, for the continuation of the species, there must needs be a contemporaneity of vertebrate and evertebrate hosts.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for contemporaneity


existing, beginning, or occurring in the same period of time
Derived Forms
contemporaneity (kənˌtɛmpərəˈniːɪtɪ), contemporaneousness, noun
contemporaneously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for contemporaneity



1650s, from Late Latin contemporaneus "contemporary," from the same source as contemporary but with a form after Late Latin temporaneous "timely." Related: Contemporaneously; contemporaneity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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