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contemporary adj
1 characteristic of the present; "contemporary trends in design"; "the role of computers in modern-day medicine" [syn: modern-day]
2 belonging to the present time; "contemporary leaders" [syn: present-day(a)]
3 occurring in the same period of time; "a rise in interest rates is often contemporaneous with an increase in inflation"; "the composer Salieri was contemporary with Mozart" [syn: contemporaneous] n : a person of nearly the same age as another [syn: coeval]

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  1. From the same time period.
  2. Modern.

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from the same time period


  1. Someone living at the same time.
    Cervantes was a contemporary of Shakespeare


someone living at the same time

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Contemporary can mean:
  • Modern times in its generic sense, living, occurring, or existing, at the same time; often also used as a synonym for "modern"
  • Contemporary philosophy, Western philosophy from c. 1960 - present
In music and arts:
Derived from romantic languages. ConTemp coming from "con tiempo" in Spanish. Literally translating to "with time" [with the times].

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