Definition of coextensive in US English:



  • 1Extending over the same space or time; corresponding exactly in extent.

    • ‘A speech community is not necessarily coextensive with a language community.’
    • ‘He has this blinkered view in which the classic Darwinian question of adaptation is somehow becoming coextensive with all of evolutionary theory.’
    • ‘Educators often assumed that religious principles and biblical knowledge were coextensive with science, history, and languages.’
    • ‘The process of acquiring a self is coextensive with the socialization of a child.’
    • ‘First, there are the promotional or attitude groups: these advocate a cause and their potential membership is, in theory, coextensive with the entire population.’
    • ‘The notion of personhood identifies a category of morally considerable beings that is thought to be coextensive with humanity.’
    • ‘It is a collective term for the geographic and social varieties of English spoken in that part of the US roughly coextensive with the former slave-holding states.’
    • ‘So advertising is now officially coextensive with all media?’
    • ‘The range of problems they can handle will be coextensive with the range to which the human mind has been applied.’
    • ‘Acceptance ‘for the group’ with collective commitment can be viewed in this context as coextensive with acceptance in the we-mode.’
    • ‘While the relationship of magic to science was not one of pure antagonism, neither were they coextensive.’
    • ‘Although we all want laws which are moral, the legal and the moral are not the same thing: they are not coextensive domains.’
    • ‘It certainly includes his notion of falsifiability, but it is hardly coextensive with it.’
    • ‘There was an Enlightenment tendency to believe that the same moral principles were to be found in every society, so universality must have seemed coextensive with humanity.’
    • ‘By plotting the enemy strongholds on the map it is at once evident that they are coextensive with two pathways.’
    • ‘The notion of the will, as I am employing it, is not coextensive with the notion of first-order desires.’
    • ‘I tend to get a bit spun if people ask me what I mean, since in terms of the way I interface with this forum, ‘what I mean’ is coextensive with ‘what I have written’.’
    • ‘There is the mistaken belief that collective security is coextensive with the entire security structure, which it is not.’
    • ‘It is of more than passing interest that for thousands of years economic international systems were not coextensive with military-political ones.’
    • ‘Indeed, once the principle is recognized, the relevant database is essentially coextensive with natural history.’
    1. 1.1 (of a term) denoting the same referent as another.
      • ‘We are forced to rely on necessary truths because truth values cannot pick out synonymous pairs - otherwise you fail to account for coextensive terms.’
      • ‘These terms are made coextensive with the temporal span of Maisie's childhood; as the preface puts it, ‘she wonders… to the end-the death of her childhood’.’
      • ‘It is coextensive with general election, but is broader than special election.’