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[koh-awr-dn-ey-shuh n] /koʊˌɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/
the act or state of coordinating or of being coordinated.
proper order or relationship.
harmonious combination or interaction, as of functions or parts.
Also, co-ordination.
Origin of coordination
1595-1605; < Late Latin coordinātiōn- (stem of coordinātiō). See co-, ordination
Related forms
noncoordination, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for coordination
  • How disease management and care coordination would fare is unclear.
  • Proven experience in language teaching and coordination a must.
  • It would probably take too much coordination among the periphery to manage though.
  • Getting good shots requires careful coordination with the staff.
  • They had students perform tasks-moving plastic cups-that required differing degrees of coordination with others.
  • Endurance sports are not dependent upon coordination or skill.
  • For many apps, he's not got the coordination to tap the smaller buttons.
  • But the problems in coordination also hampered the effectiveness of the response itself.
  • The school has been beset with repeat changes of deans resulting in total lack of coordination.
  • When seen running in groups the birds appear to display a remarkable coordination of movement.
British Dictionary definitions for coordination


balanced and effective interaction of movement, actions, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin coordinātiō, from Latin ordinātiō an arranging; see ordinate
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Word Origin and History for coordination

also co-ordination, c.1600, "orderly combination," from French coordination (14c.) or directly from Late Latin coordinationem (nominative coordinatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin coordinare "to set in order, arrange," from com- "together" (see com-) + ordinatio "arrangement," from ordo "order" (see order (n.)). Meaning "action of setting in order" is from 1640s; that of "harmonious adjustment or action," especially of muscles and bodily movements, is from 1855.

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coordination in Medicine

coordination co·or·di·na·tion (kō-ôr'dn-ā'shən)

  1. The harmonious adjustment or interaction of parts.

  2. Harmonious functioning of muscles or groups of muscles in the execution of movements.

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coordination in Culture

coordination definition

The use of grammatical structures to give equal emphasis to, or to “coordinate,” two or more words, groups of words, or ideas: “I like eggs and toast.” In the following sentences, each clause receives equal emphasis: “Mr. Jones teaches French, and Ms. Williams teaches English”; “Mr. Jones teaches French, but Ms. Williams teaches English.” (Compare subordination.)

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