concomitant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested 1607; from Middle French concomitant, from Latin concomitāns, the present participle of concomitor (I accompany), from con- (together) + comitor (I accompany), from comes (companion).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kənˈkɒmɪtənt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /kənˈkɑːmətənt/
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Adjective[edit]

concomitant (not comparable)

  1. Accompanying; conjoining; attending; concurrent. [from early 17th c.]
    Synonyms: accompanying, adjoining, attendant, incidental
    • 1689, John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding[1]:
      It has therefore pleased our wise Creator to annex to several objects, and to the ideas which we receive from them, as also to several of our thoughts, a concomitant pleasure, []
    • 1939 June, “What the Railways are Doing: London Transport Air Raid Precautions”, in Railway Magazine, page 462:
      The visitors saw the measures taken immediately before, during, and after an "air raid", which included a gas and high-explosive bomb attack. The concomitant noise "effects" sounded grimly realistic.
    • 1970, Alvin Toffler, Future Shock, Bantam Books, pg. 41:
      The new technology on which super-industrialism is based, much of it blue-printed in American research laboratories, brings with it an inevitable acceleration of change in society and a concomitant speed-up of the pace of individual life as well.
    • 2005, Alpha Chiang and Kevin Wainwright, Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics (4th ed.), McGraw-Hill International, p. 501
      With technological improvement, therefore, it will become possible, in a succession of steady states, to have a larger and larger amount of capital equipment available to each representative worker in the economy, with a concomitant rise in productivity.

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Noun[edit]

concomitant (plural concomitants)

  1. Something happening or existing at the same time.
    Synonyms: accompaniment, co-occurrence
    • 1970, Alvin Toffler, Future Shock, Bantam Books, pg.93
      The declining commitment to place is thus related not to mobility per se, but to a concomitant of mobility- the shorter duration of place relationships.
    • 1900, James Strachey (translator), Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Avon Books, pg. 301:
      It is also instructive to consider the relation of these dreams to anxiety dreams. In the dreams we have been discussing, a repressed wish has found a means of evading censorship—and the distortion which censorship involves. The invariable concomitant is that painful feelings are experienced in the dream.
  2. (algebra) An invariant homogeneous polynomial in the coefficients of a form, a covariant variable, and a contravariant variable.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin concomitāns, the present participle of Latin concomitor (I accompany)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɔ̃.kɔ.mi.tɑ̃/

Adjective[edit]

concomitant (feminine singular concomitante, masculine plural concomitants, feminine plural concomitantes)

  1. concomitant

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