Definition of coeval in English:



  • Having the same age or date of origin; contemporary.

    ‘these lavas were coeval with the volcanic activity’
    • ‘Of critical importance to our argument is that the assemblages from the Chinese and Russian localities are coeval.’
    • ‘The described fauna is most similar in composition to that recorded from coeval beds at Malyi Karatau, Kazakhstan.’
    • ‘A similar, coeval flux of Pelagonian material has been recognized in the Mesohellenic molasse basin of northern Greece.’
    • ‘As far as I can tell, the concept of the hormone-crazed teenager is coeval with suburbia.’
    • ‘It is generally accepted that modern English literature was born in the second half of the 16th Century which was coeval with the Age of Elizabeth and the Renaissance.’
    • ‘Such an object would be eternal (or, at least, coeval with time itself) and immutable.’
    • ‘The overall fauna is not very diverse compared with coeval faunas from central Asia documented by Holmer et al.’
    • ‘The apparent absence of significant erosion between eruptions suggests little or no coeval deformation.’
    • ‘The age of incision of the Wonoka canyons and coeval canyons in the Officer Basin is known only within broad limits.’
    • ‘Stratigraphically, the former precedes the latter, but chronologically they are supposed to be partly coeval!’
    • ‘The footnote as we know it is coeval with the modern principles of book design that emerged with the Enlightenment.’
    • ‘The terrestrial ecology of Pennsylvanian tropical wetlands is understood in detail, but coeval dryland ecosystems remain highly enigmatic.’
    • ‘The parallels between the two unconnected, coeval sites would have fascinated her.’
    • ‘Armour for the lower legs was roughly coeval with that for the torso.’
    • ‘All of these faunas are probably roughly coeval.’
    • ‘That voice beckons you in with glimpses of a world where pleasure and pain are coeval and complementary, where love and loss walk hand in hand.’
    • ‘The records from coeval localities in Russia and NW China provide independent and unique evidence of deteriorating atmospheric conditions at the close of the Permian.’
    • ‘This is why I say that the moral achievement of extending concern to others needn't antedate compassion, but can be coeval with it.’
    • ‘Their biostratigraphic relationships with coeval assemblages from Patagonia deserve more detailed analysis in the future.’
    • ‘Charles Hudson of Massachusetts observed that Adams' public service was coeval with the establishment of the government.’
    contemporaneous, concurrent, coeval, synchronous, synchronic, of the time, of the day, simultaneous
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  • A person of roughly the same age as oneself; a contemporary.

    ‘like so many of his coevals, he yearned for stability’
    • ‘We need to thank our stars that we are coevals of such starry-eyed idealists who are prepared to stake their lives on something that is not their immediate concern.’
    • ‘He highlights recent compositions more than most of his 60's coevals, but these, too, are delivered as highly stylized, singsongy chants.’
    • ‘I wondered if she included her coevals' favorite in her list of safe locales, despite its history.’
    • ‘The paradox of the season is also embodied in tragic romances like the one based on a play written by Tan Xianzu, a coeval of Shakespeare.’
    • ‘Nevertheless these pages give a sense of the sheer intellectual freedom that Macdonald and his coevals enjoyed.’
    • ‘We are drawn to our robotic coevals by the ‘similarity-attraction principle,’ a consistent pattern in social psychology.’
    • ‘The orchestra, founded in 1912, and Symphony 3 (1913-15, premiered 1917) are roughly coevals.’
    • ‘I can't tell you more about this fragile play, except that Vada and her coevals Enid and Marybell like to play canasta and gossip in a tree house.’
    • ‘Dickens and his coevals shared an uncompromising belief in the reclamation of a golden age and the amelioration of society and the individual.’
    peer, equal, contemporary, brother
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Early 17th century (as a noun): from late Latin coaevus, from co- ‘jointly’ + Latin aevum ‘age’.