living or occurring during the same period of time; contemporary.

Nearby words

  1. contemplate,
  2. contemplation,
  3. contemplative,
  4. contemplative order,
  5. contempo,
  6. contemporaneously,
  7. contemporary,
  8. contemporize,
  9. contempt,
  10. contempt of congress

Origin of contemporaneous

1650–60; < Latin contemporāneus, equivalent to con- con- + tempor- (stem of tempus time) + -āneus (-ān(us) -an + -eus -eous)

SYNONYMS FOR contemporaneous
Related forms
Can be confusedcontemporary contemporaneous (see synonym study at contemporary)

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Examples from the Web for contemporaneity

  • They cannot be indeed separated from contemporaneity; for that would be to separate them from the mind itself.

    Biographia Literaria|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Thus, for the continuation of the species, there must needs be a contemporaneity of vertebrate and evertebrate hosts.

    Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
  • It employs historical methods, and uses the simplexii tests of comparison and contemporaneity.

British Dictionary definitions for contemporaneity



existing, beginning, or occurring in the same period of time
Derived Formscontemporaneity (kənˌtɛmpərəˈniːɪtɪ) or contemporaneousness, nouncontemporaneously, 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.

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