contemporary design

Sarah-Betty

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The Palace is one of our key buildings and a major tourist attraction. It is a design which is characteristic of its period.

Can we replace "characteristic" with "contemporary"? If that is a case, what is the difference?
 
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Generally, the word contemporary combines the prefix con (with) with tempo (time) to mean 'at the same time'. But in the design/architecture world, "contemporary" has a rather specific, different meaning- more or less a synonym of modern or 'of the current time'.

Your example sentence, without historical context, gives no information as to the age of this building.

Characteristic and contemporary are not synonyms in this usage, so your suggested replacement is not correct.
 

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The word contemporaneous exists, but it would still make for a meaningless sentence. Typical might work better as a replacement.
 
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