[ kuhn-tem-puh-rey-nee-uhs ]
See synonyms for: contemporaneouscontemporaneouslycontemporaneousness on

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

Origin of contemporaneous

First recorded in 1650–60; from Latin contemporāneus, equivalent to con- con- + tempor- (stem of tempus “time”) + -āneus (-ān(us) -an + -eus -eous)

synonym study For contemporaneous

Other words for contemporaneous

Other words from contemporaneous

  • con·tem·po·ra·ne·i·ty [kuhn-tem-per-uh-nee-i-tee], /kənˌtɛm pər əˈni ɪ ti/, con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ness, noun
  • con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ly, adverb
  • non·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous, adjective
  • non·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ness, noun
  • pre·con·tem·po·ra·ne·i·ty, noun
  • pre·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous, adjective
  • un·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous, adjective
  • un·con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with contemporaneous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use contemporaneous in a sentence

  • It employs historical methods, and uses the simplexii tests of comparison and contemporaneity.

  • In place of this excessive contemporaneity we shall give a larger share of time and honor to the hoarded lessons of antiquity.

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

    Biographia Literaria | Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • As a political pamphlet De Monarchia is obsolete without even the persistent contemporaneity of some eighteenth century tracts.

    The Critical Game | John Albert Macy
  • 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 contemporaneous


/ (kənˌtɛmpəˈreɪnɪəs) /

  1. existing, beginning, or occurring in the same period of time

Derived forms of contemporaneous

  • contemporaneity (kənˌtɛmpərəˈniːɪtɪ) or contemporaneousness, noun
  • contemporaneously, adverb

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