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[koh-ig-zis-tuh ns] /ˌkoʊ ɪgˈzɪs təns/
the act or state of coexisting.
a policy of living peacefully with other nations, religions, etc., despite fundamental disagreements.
Origin of coexistence
1640-50; co- + existence
Related forms
coexistent, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Human nature is a product of human social evolution and makes societal coexistence possible.
  • After a brief period of coexistence, relations between the newcomers and natives deteriorated.
  • Underlying this strategy of peaceful coexistence is fear of being kicked out and left to die, the researchers say.
  • The group's goal is peaceful coexistence with bears, and they believe community education is the way to achieve it.
  • The khan had decided that coexistence could be obtained only by total domination.
  • Today the coexistence between the inhabitants have been difficult, but tolerance brings harmony to this different ways of living.
  • As the movie begins, there is a peaceful if wary coexistence between the old-timers and the yuppie interlopers in business suits.
  • Hail the spirit of our infallibly peaceful coexistence.
  • Buildings feature the unusual coexistence of stone, terra-cotta, wood and brick as well as seashells and limestone.
  • Finding similarities between that era of uneasy coexistence and our own is perhaps easier.
Word Origin and History for coexistence

also co-existence, mid-15c., "joint existence;" see co- + existence. As "peaceful relations between states of different ideologies," 1954, a Cold War term.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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