Concomitant vs Outgrowth - What's the difference?

concomitant | outgrowth |

As nouns the difference between concomitant and outgrowth

is that concomitant is something happening or existing at the same time while outgrowth is anything that grows out of something else.

As an adjective concomitant

is accompanying; conjoined; attending; concurrent.




  • Accompanying; conjoined; attending; concurrent.
  • * (John Locke)
  • It has pleased our wise Creator to annex to several objects, as also to several of our thoughts, a concomitant pleasure.
  • * 1970 , Alvin Toffler, Future Shock'', ''Bantam Books , pg. 41:
  • The new technology on which super-industrialism is based, much of it blue-printed in American research laboratories, brings with it an inevitable acceleration of change in society and a concomitant speed-up of the pace of individual life as well.


    * (following as a consequence) accompanying, adjoining, attendant, incidental


    (en noun)
  • Something happening or existing at the same time.
  • * 1970 , , Bantam Books , pg.93:
  • The declining commitment to place is thus related not to mobility per se, but to a concomitant of mobility- the shorter duration of place relationships.
  • * 1900 , Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams'', ''Avon Books , (translated by James Strachey) pg. 301:
  • It is also instructive to consider the relation of these dreams to anxiety dreams. In the dreams we have been discussing, a repressed wish has found a means of evading censorship—and the distortion which censorship involves. The invariable concomitant is that painful feelings are experienced in the dream.
  • An invariant homogeneous polynomial in the coefficients of a form, a covariant variable, and a contravariant variable.
  • Synonyms

    * (a concomitant event or situation) accompaniment, co-occurrence




    (en noun)
  • Anything that grows out of something else.
  • # A branch or offshoot of a plant.
  • # An appendage of an animal.
  • # A byproduct or consequence of an action or event.
  • Derived terms

    * neurite outgrowth * neuronal outgrowth