I. adjective Etymology: com- + Latin tempor-, tempus Date: 1631 1. happening, existing, living, or coming into being during the same period of time 2. a. simultaneous b. marked by characteristics of the present period ; modern, currentcontemporarily adverb Synonyms: contemporary, contemporaneous, coeval, synchronous, simultaneous, coincident mean existing or occurring at the same time. contemporary is likely to apply to people and what relates to them <
Abraham Lincoln was contemporary with Charles Darwin
. contemporaneous is more often applied to events than to people <
contemporaneous accounts of the kidnapping
. coeval refers usually to periods, ages, eras, eons <
two stars thought to be coeval
. synchronous implies exact correspondence in time and especially in periodic intervals <
synchronous timepieces
. simultaneous implies correspondence in a moment of time <
the two shots were simultaneous
. coincident is applied to events and may be used in order to avoid implication of causal relationship <
the end of World War II was coincident with a great vintage year
. II. noun (plural -raries) Date: 1638 1. one that is contemporary with another 2. one of the same or nearly the same age as another

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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