Definition of contemporaneous in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˌtempəˈrānēəs/


Existing or occurring in the same period of time: Pythagoras was contemporaneous with Buddha
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  • Unlike most fiction of the period, contemporaneous dates are emphasized.
  • The overview referred to the previous month and was not wholly consistent with the tenor of the contemporaneous log for that period.
  • So measuring these elements will indicate if a group of bones are contemporaneous or of different periods.



Pronunciation: /kənˌtemp(ə)rəˈnēədē/
Pronunciation: /kənˌtemp(ə)rəˈnāədē/
Example sentences
  • The rooms are in styles of varying contemporaneity: ‘senior suites’, spacious and light-filled, bear the designer label, with art for sale on the walls.
  • Their paintings were executed to be perceived as living art, and it is that dimension of their self-aware contemporaneity that still conveys a certain excitement.
  • Politically impartial juries would no doubt reach different conclusions depending on their contemporaneity.


Pronunciation: /kənˌtempəˈrānēəslē/
Example sentences
  • All these remedies could be exercised at any time or times simultaneously or contemporaneously or successively or not at all.
  • The guard recorded the incident contemporaneously in a sworn statement.
  • It's easy to forget that writers are readers, too, and that writing is a dual act - the act of putting the words down and the act of comprehending them both contemporaneously and after the fact.


Example sentences
  • The first film came out in December and because of the fraught political situation that we're familiar with on a daily basis, the books have a contemporaneousness that's accidental.
  • Joe's condition, the seriousness of the wound, the relatively contemporaneousness of the statements and the dominance of the event all lead me to that conclusion.
  • The country then began to rub itself with the memory - emptying salve of contemporaneousness.


Mid 17th century: from Latin, from con- 'together with' + temporaneus (from tempus, tempor- 'time') + -ous.

Words that rhyme with contemporaneous

cutaneous, extemporaneous, extraneous, instantaneous, miscellaneous, Pausanias, porcellaneous, simultaneous, spontaneous, subcutaneous

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Syllabification: con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous

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