adjective co·e·val \kō-ˈē-vəl\

Definition of COEVAL

:  of the same or equal age, antiquity, or duration
coeval noun
co·e·val·i·ty \ˌkō-(ˌ)ē-ˈva-lə-tē\ noun

Origin of COEVAL

Latin coaevus, from co- + aevum age, lifetime — more at aye
First Known Use: 1645

Synonym Discussion of COEVAL

contemporary, contemporaneous, coeval, synchronous, simultaneous, coincident mean existing or occurring at the same time. contemporary is likely to apply to people and what relates to them <Abraham Lincoln was contemporary with Charles Darwin>. contemporaneous is more often applied to events than to people <contemporaneous accounts of the kidnapping>. coeval refers usually to periods, ages, eras, eons <two stars thought to be coeval>. synchronous implies exact correspondence in time and especially in periodic intervals <synchronous timepieces>. simultaneous implies correspondence in a moment of time <the two shots were simultaneous>. coincident is applied to events and may be used in order to avoid implication of causal relationship <the end of World War II was coincident with a great vintage year>.


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