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[kuh n-tem-puh-rey-nee-uh s] /kənˌtɛm pəˈreɪ ni əs/
living or occurring during the same period of time; contemporary.
Origin of contemporaneous
1650-60; < Latin contemporāneus, equivalent to con- con- + tempor- (stem of tempus time) + -āneus (-ān(us) -an + -eus -eous)
Related forms
[kuh n-tem-per-uh-nee-i-tee] /kənˌtɛm pər əˈni ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
contemporaneousness, noun
contemporaneously, adverb
noncontemporaneous, adjective
noncontemporaneously, adverb
noncontemporaneousness, noun
precontemporaneity, noun
precontemporaneous, adjective
precontemporaneously, adverb
uncontemporaneous, adjective
uncontemporaneously, adverb
uncontemporaneousness, noun
Can be confused
contemporary, contemporaneous.
simultaneous, concurrent. See contemporary. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contemporaneously
  • Your comparison of changing the author's words over a century later to advice or editing given contemporaneously is preposterous.
  • But nowadays they can read the same reports their doctors do, contemporaneously.
  • The mutations happened gradually and contemporaneously with the migration of mankind away from the equator.
  • Comparatively few of these, however, were printed contemporaneously.
  • They believe that dinosaurs and humans lived not only contemporaneously but in blissful harmony.
  • They are far less likely to do so when confronted directly and contemporaneously with impeaching evidence.
  • Also, the fact that two events occurred more or less contemporaneously does not mean they are causally linked.
  • Final judgment will be entered contemporaneously herewith.
  • Such waiver may be sought by motion to be filed contemporaneously with the proposed plan of reorganization.
  • In this sense, the term is contemporaneously related to ontology.
British Dictionary definitions for contemporaneously


existing, beginning, or occurring in the same period of time
Derived Forms
contemporaneity (kənˌtɛmpərəˈniːɪtɪ), contemporaneousness, noun
contemporaneously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for contemporaneously



1650s, from Late Latin contemporaneus "contemporary," from the same source as contemporary but with a form after Late Latin temporaneous "timely." Related: Contemporaneously; contemporaneity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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