- coincidence in time; contemporaneousness; simultaneousness.
- the arrangement or treatment of synchronous things or events in conjunction, as in a history.
- a tabular arrangement of historical events or personages, grouped according to their dates.
- Physics, Electricity. the state of being synchronous.
- Psychoanalysis. the simultaneous occurrence of causally unrelated events and the belief that the simultaneity has meaning beyond mere coincidence.
Also syn·chro·nic·i·ty [sing-kruh-nis-i-tee] /ˌsɪŋ krəˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (for defs 1, 4, 5).
Origin of synchronism
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Examples from the Web for synchronicity
The team had to make sure all the robots and lights were in place and the synchronicity of all the elements was intact.Alfonso Cuarón on the Making of His Instant Sci-Fi Classic ‘Gravity’
October 3, 2013
The means involved in achieving this synchronicity are characteristic of the various stages in human evolution.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- an apparently meaningful coincidence in time of two or more similar or identical events that are causally unrelated
C20: coined by Carl Jung from synchronic + -ity
- the quality or condition of being synchronous
- a chronological usually tabular list of historical persons and events, arranged to show parallel or synchronous occurrence
- the representation in a work of art of one or more incidents that occurred at separate times
C16: from Greek sunkhronismos; see synchronous, -ism
Word Origin and History for synchronicity
1580s, "quality of being synchronous," from Modern Latin synchronismus, from Greek synchronismos, from synchronos (see synchronous). Meaning "recurring at the same successive instants of time" is from 1854.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Coincidence in time; simultaneousness.synchronia
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