contemporaneous

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From Latin contemporāneus (contemporary), from con- (prefix indicating a being or bringing together of several objects) + tempor-, tempus (time, period, age) + -aneus (-aneous, suffix meaning ‘of or pertaining to’) (compare Late Latin temporāneus (opportune, timely)).

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contemporaneous (not comparable)

  1. Existing or created in the same period of time.
    Look in other contemporaneous works to see whether that idea was common then.
    • 1973 May, Harun Kofi Wangara, quoting Cheikh Anta Diop, “African Perspective on History”, in John H[arold] Johnson, editor, Black World, volume XXIII, number 4, Chicago, Ill.: Johnson Publishing Company, published February 1974, ISSN 0006-4319, OCLC 4717946, pages 58–59:
      You know that Meroïtic is an ancient Nubian writing system of the third, or fourth century B.C., and is a script which conceals a typically African language. [] [I]f this script is deciphered, we will have in that respect the testimony of an African language which goes back 2,400 years, that is to say [back to a period] fairly contemporaneous with Latin and other languages of antiquity.
    • 2012 July 12, Sam Adams, “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 25 March 2014:
      Preceded by a Simpsons short shot in 3-D—perhaps the only thing more superfluous than a fourth Ice Age movie—Ice Age: Continental Drift finds a retinue of vaguely contemporaneous animals coping with life in the post-Pangaea age.

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For events which occur at precisely the same time, simultaneous is used.

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