See also: coïncident



French coïncident


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkəʊˌɪn.sɪ.dn̩t/
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coincident (comparative more coincident, superlative most coincident)

  1. (of two events) Occurring at the same time.
    • 1587, Raphael Holinshed et al., Holinshed’s Chronicles, London, “The Second Booke of the Historie of England,” Chapter 7 title,[1]
      Of Riuallus, Gurgustius, Sysillius, Iago, and Kinimacus, rulers of Britaine by succession, and of the accidents coincident with their times.
    • 1886, Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge, London: Smith, Elder, Volume 2, Chapter 19, p. 268,[2]
      Whatever the origin of her walks on the Budmouth Road, her return from those walks was often coincident with Farfrae’s emergence from Corn Street for a twenty minutes’ blow on that rather windy highway―just to winnow the seeds and chaff out of him before sitting down to tea, as he said.
    • 1951, Hannah Arendt, chapter 1, in The Origins of Totalitarianism, New York: Harcourt Brace, OCLC 52814049, part 1: Antisemitism, page 4:
      General trends, like the coincident decline of the nation-state and the growth of antisemitism, can hardly ever be explained satisfactorily by one reason or by one cause alone.
    • 1987, David Foster Wallace, “Lyndon” in Paula Geyh et al. (eds.), Postmodern American Fiction, New York and London: Norton, 1998, p. 380,[3]
      He seemed unable to shake the bronchitis and the coincident infections it opened him to.
  2. (of two objects) Being in the same location.
    • 1848, Edgar Allan Poe, Eureka: A Prose Poem, in The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, New York: W. J. Widdleton, Volume 2, p. 131,[4]
      Hitherto, the Universe of stars has always been considered as coincident with the Universe proper []
    • 1954, James Fisher and R. M. Lockley, Sea-Birds, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, Chapter 1, p. 4,[5]
      The plot of the Atlantic currents and Atlantic winds is almost, though not quite, coincident.
  3. Being in accordance, matching.
    • 1679, Robert South, “A Sermon upon the 7. John 17” in Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, Oxford: Richard Davis and William Nott, p. 290,[6]
      the whole Doctrine of Christianity teaches nothing, but what is perfectly suteable to, and coincident with, the Ruling Principles that a vertuous, and well Inclined man is Acted by;
    • 1787, Ottobah Cugoano, Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species, London, p. 4,[7]
      As to any other laws that slave-holders may make among themselves, as respecting slaves, they can be of no better kind, nor give them any better character, than what is implied in the common report—that there may be some honesty among thieves. This may seem a harsh comparison, but the parallel is so coincident that, I must say, I can find no other way of expressing my Thoughts and Sentiments []




coincident (plural coincidents)

  1. Either of multiple simultaneous related incidents
    • December 14, 1808, Sir Humphry Davy, letter to Davy
      When I was in London I was shocked at the alteration in our friend Tobin's looks and appearance. Those who always interpret two coincidents into cause and effect would surmise that marriage has been less conducive to his health than to his moral comfort.

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  1. third-person plural future active indicative of coincidō



From French coïncident.


coincident m or n (feminine singular coincidentă, masculine plural coincidenți, feminine and neuter plural coincidente)

  1. coincident