Definition of coterminous in English:



  • Having the same boundaries or extent in space, time, or meaning.

    ‘the coterminous Borough and Parliamentary Constituency of Blyth Valley’
    • ‘The argument goes that accessible characteristics of websites are coterminous with usable characteristics of websites, because both usability and accessibility are bound up with simplicity and ease of use.’
    • ‘This was the era when the game was the near-exclusive preserve of British and Irish players, many of whose attitudes and preoccupations were coterminous with the often tough, uncompromising fans who paid to watch them.’
    • ‘What I loved about the books that I was being read was they seemed to belong to no real world, because nothing in them physically was coterminous with anything I knew.’
    • ‘The chief legacy of the Tudors in terms of state formation was perhaps to create the circumstances in which a multiple monarchy coterminous with the British Isles emerged in 1603.’
    • ‘In particular, political space and political community are no longer coterminous with national territory, and national governments can no longer be regarded as the sole masters of their own or their citizens' fate.’
    • ‘Unmatched in the variety and number of its megafauna, the park shelters the world's largest concentration of elk and is one of the last remaining strongholds of the grizzly bear in the coterminous states.’
    • ‘The boundaries of constituencies in both parliaments would be coterminous in order to allow clear local political accountability.’
    • ‘At the very core of the principle of universal access is the idea that access is coterminous with being a ‘stake-holder’ in the matter being discussed.’
    • ‘Because the rise of magic was almost coterminous with, and certainly related to the rise of science, there was not necessarily a causal connection between the two.’
    • ‘This process is to a large extent coterminous with bodily decomposition, which is the obverse of gestation.’
    • ‘Evidently the boundaries of the ‘self’ so conceived is not coterminous with an individual's own skin.’
    • ‘And the consciousness of happiness or pain, as has already been hinted at, is the central moral index for most liberals - it is almost coterminous with our definition of being human.’
    • ‘The fiction that we are not coterminous with ourselves comes early to some and perhaps never or only hazily to others.’
    • ‘It only emerges when sovereignty is not coterminous with the boundaries of the major political units which constitute the system.’
    • ‘The boundaries of the committees are coterminous with the 42 police services operating in the same area.’
    • ‘Thus, during the pre-War period we have three coterminous movements instigated by the money poured into the area by outsiders wishing to climb the higher Himalayan peaks, especially Everest.’
    • ‘The map showed clearly that the distribution of oak trees is coterminous with the locations of the settled civilizations of Asia, Europe, and North America.’
    • ‘Most local histories end on an elegiac note, mourning the decline of the ‘community’ which, they imply, was once coterminous with their locality.’
    • ‘The irony was that this glorification of the individual was coterminous with its complete obliteration.’
    • ‘This influence is not coterminous with national territorial boundaries, however.’


Late 18th century: alteration of conterminous.