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[koh-ig-zist] /ˌkoʊ ɪgˈzɪst/
verb (used without object)
to exist together or at the same time.
to exist separately or independently but peaceably, often while remaining rivals or adversaries:
Although their ideologies differ greatly, the two great powers must coexist.
Origin of coexist
1670-80; co- + exist Unabridged
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  • But he is also a reminder that musical excellence can coexist alongside prodigious human decency.
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  • Rather, he wants to help them coexist more peacefully.
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  • Yet the readiness to coexist on both sides may be stronger than is often realised.
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  • On the other hand, there is no reason why the two seafood sectors can't coexist in harmony.
British Dictionary definitions for coexist


verb (intransitive)
to exist together at the same time or in the same place
to exist together in peace
Derived Forms
coexistence, noun
coexistent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for coexist

1670s, from co- + exist. Of political/economic systems (especially with reference to communism and the West) from 1931. Related: Coexisted; coexisting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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