from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Existence at the same time; contemporary existence.
  • noun In logic, that reciprocal relation which subsists between any two objects in that they exist in the same universe, generally regardless of time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Existence at the same time with another; -- contemporary existence.

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  • noun the state of two or more things existing together, usually in a temporal or spacial sense, with or without mutual interaction

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  • noun existing peacefully together


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co- + existence


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  • The term coexistence, as it is used at the present time, implies a willingness to live at peace, and perhaps even in mutual respect, with others.

    Muslims, Christians, and Jews: The Dream of Coexistence Lewis, Bernard 1992

  • They conclude that the balance for coexistence is disrupted and needs to be fixed.

    Kurokami ep 02 « Undercover 2009

  • Compossible: Possible in coexistence with something else

    Save the language! « Write Anything 2008

  • This current uneasy coexistence is only an interlude, he seems to say.

    Archive 2006-02-01 KaneCitizen 2006

  • This current uneasy coexistence is only an interlude, he seems to say.

    Could I Please Have a Kaffiyeh and a Danish KaneCitizen 2006

  • Both sides will need to make concessions and recognise the necessity of long term coexistence, under whatever form of government the East Timorese may choose.

    Australia Indonesia Business Council 1999

  • We should not assume that peaceful coexistence is possible only if all, or nearly all major nations adopt the same social behaviour.

    A High Standard 1959

  • To the Soviets, peaceful coexistence is just a facade whose pleasant proportions they hope will be so appealing as to distract us from examining the basic structure.

    Canada and NATO 1956

  • The principle of peaceful coexistence is gaining increasingly wide international recognition and this is logical, since there is no other way out in the present situation.

    Canada and NATO 1956

  • If ever they conclude that "peaceful coexistence" is impossible, the Politburo could launch a "preventive war" whenever the occasion seemed most propitious.

    One Bite At A Time 1953


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