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 (kən-tûr′mə-nəs) also co·ter·mi·nous (kō-)
1. Having a boundary in common; contiguous: The northern border of the United States is conterminous with the southern border of Canada.
2. Contained in the same boundaries; coextensive: the conterminous 48 states.
3. Having the same scope, range of meaning, or extent in time.

[From Latin conterminus : com-, com- + terminus, boundary.]

con·ter′mi·nous·ly adv.
con·ter′mi·nous·ness n.


(kənˈtɜːmɪnəs) ,




1. enclosed within a common boundary
2. meeting at the ends; without a break or interruption
[C17: from Latin conterminus, from con- + terminus end, boundary]
conˈterminously, conˈterminally, coˈterminously adv


(kənˈtɜr mə nəs)

also con•ter′mi•nal,

1. having a common boundary; contiguous.
2. meeting without an intervening gap: The close of one year is conterminous with the beginning of the next.
3. coterminous.
[1625–35; < Latin conterminus having a common border with =con- con- + terminus terminus; see -ous]
con•ter′mi•nous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.conterminous - connecting without a break; within a common boundary; "the 48 conterminous states"; "the contiguous 48 states"
connected - joined or linked together
2.conterminous - having a common boundary or edge; abutting; touching; "Rhode Island has two bordering states; Massachusetts and Conncecticut"; "the side of Germany conterminous with France"; "Utah and the contiguous state of Idaho"; "neighboring cities"
connected - joined or linked together
3.conterminous - being of equal extent or scope or duration
commensurate - corresponding in size or degree or extent; "pay should be commensurate with the time worked"


Sharing a common boundary:
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