Definition of coextensive in English:


Syllabification: co·ex·ten·sive
Pronunciation: /ˌkō-ikˈstensiv


  • 1Extending over the same space or time; corresponding exactly in extent.
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    • There was an Enlightenment tendency to believe that the same moral principles were to be found in every society, so universality must have seemed coextensive with humanity.
    • The process of acquiring a self is coextensive with the socialization of a child.
    • By plotting the enemy strongholds on the map it is at once evident that they are coextensive with two pathways.
  • 1.1(Of a term) denoting the same referent as another.
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    • We are forced to rely on necessary truths because truth values cannot pick out synonymous pairs - otherwise you fail to account for coextensive terms.
    • These terms are made coextensive with the temporal span of Maisie's childhood; as the preface puts it, ‘she wonders… to the end-the death of her childhood’.
    • It is coextensive with general election, but is broader than special election.

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