[ koh-ig-zis-tuh ns ]
/ ˌkoʊ ɪgˈzɪs təns /


the act or state of coexisting.
a policy of living peacefully with other nations, religions, etc., despite fundamental disagreements.

Origin of coexistence

First recorded in 1640–50; co- + existence
Related formsco·ex·ist·ent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for coexistence



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper