From dictionary.com

contemporary: happening, existing, living, or coming into being during the same period of time

I'm looking for something that means existing in the same place, but not necessarily in the same time.

"Neighboring" is close, but it seems to imply both spatial proximity and temporal overlap.

sample sentence.

Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla are contemporary historical, while Charles de Gaulle and Joan of Arc are ______ historical figures.


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You can use the word "compatriot" or "national" along with historical figures in your example.


Possibly would "dimensional", as a special alternative, or "geographic" be the meaning you are seeking?

  • This is a good answer, and fills in the bank pretty well. But I was hoping for a more general term. One that would work even if the two people didn't necessarily share a nation, but a any arbitrary place (which makes me think I should edit my sentence).
    – colorlace
    Apr 20, 2018 at 19:44
  • Thank you for the comment. In that case, I would offer "dimensional" as a special alternative, or "geographic" depending on the flavor of meaning you are seeking.
    – user22542
    Apr 20, 2018 at 20:10

The aequivalent construction would be something like collocational (Latin) "of the same place" or syntopical (Greek) "(same)". But I think the other answer's compatriot is preferable if indeed it is about the same country or perhaps city.

  • I think the correct term would be syntopic (from topos "place"),though I've only heard it in a biological sense.From yourdictionary (archived)), "Syntopical Definition-Referring to a type of analysis in which different works are compared and contrasted,"and "Origin of Syntopical -Coined by Mortimer Adler in 'How to Read a Book'. Derived from the term Syntopicon®,a two-volume topical guide published as part of the Great Books of the Western World series." That would be from Ta Topika (commonplace). Feb 23, 2023 at 3:05
  • @bballdave025: Hmm, well, both would be proper formations. Feb 23, 2023 at 13:45
  • I'm glad to learn my new thing for the day, @Cerberus_-_Reinstate_Monica. Feb 23, 2023 at 17:53

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