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coexist

[koh-ig-zist]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to exist together or at the same time.
  2. to exist separately or independently but peaceably, often while remaining rivals or adversaries: Although their ideologies differ greatly, the two great powers must coexist.
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Origin of coexist

First recorded in 1670–80; co- + exist
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coexist

verb (intr)
  1. to exist together at the same time or in the same place
  2. to exist together in peace
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Derived Formscoexistence, nouncoexistent, adjective
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coexist

v.

1670s, from co- + exist. Of political/economic systems (especially with reference to communism and the West) from 1931. Related: Coexisted; coexisting.

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