Dictionary Definition

contemporaneous adj
1 occurring in the same period of time; "a rise in interest rates is often contemporaneous with an increase in inflation"; "the composer Salieri was contemporary with Mozart" [syn: contemporary]
2 of the same period [syn: coetaneous, coeval]

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  • italbrac RP /kənˌtɛmpəˈreɪniəs/ or /ˌkɒntɛmpəˈreɪniəs/
  • italbrac US /kənˌtɛmpəˈreɪniəs/
    Rhymes with: -eɪniəs


  1. Existing or created in the same period of time.
    Look in other contemporaneous works to see whether that idea was common then.

Usage notes

For events which occur at precisely the same time, simultaneous is used.



existing or created in the same period of time

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