Definition of concordance in US English:



  • 1An alphabetical list of the words (especially the important ones) present in a text, usually with citations of the passages concerned.

    ‘a concordance to the Bible’
    • ‘The publication of this concordance of the non-biblical texts from Qumran meets a need that biblical scholars have felt for decades.’
    • ‘In fact, as a concordance will show, the word ‘love’ does not occur even once in the book of Acts in any context.’
    • ‘This means that the reader can check a cross reference only by following a cumbersome and avoidable route through the accession number, by way of a concordance at the back of the book.’
    • ‘Kelley spent hours working through concordances and the Hebrew text itself so his grammar would be based on the Bible.’
    • ‘The concordance at the end of Thornberry's volume lists the subjects of all the articles and letters he has cited.’
    • ‘In the 20th century Oxford produced computer-generated concordances to the early texts of individual plays under the supervision of T. Howard-Hill.’
    • ‘Appended are concordances of the Greek text with Gaza's translation.’
    • ‘The above concordance is presented for research purposes only.’
    • ‘Adults who find it difficult to slog through text-heavy concordances will especially appreciate this illustrated Bible.’
    • ‘These concordances were further displayed in Zuckerman's introduction.’
    • ‘It is particularly favoured as an invariant series by which information can be organized in catalogues, concordances, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, indexes, and the like.’
    • ‘Some widely available sets of biblical translations, concordances, commentaries, and dictionaries may require you to buy several CDs in order to acquire the final ‘level’ of reference tools you are seeking.’
    • ‘There is also an index that serves as a concordance for the biblical text.’
    • ‘The concordances providing word for word breakdowns of Horace's Latin provided quite a challenge.’
    • ‘Some prisons restrict inmates' access to Bibles, or prohibit inmates from having concordances or biblical commentaries.’
    • ‘Have them use a concordance to count how many times the Bible speaks of God's love.’
    • ‘Giannone has a superb grasp of the interrelatedness of O'Connor's themes and provides a helpful concordance of references to her novels and stories.’
    • ‘It is just as easy to access dictionaries, concordances and lexicons, the program having simultaneously located all references to your passage in the books included in your search.’
    • ‘The concordance provides a comparative listing of rules made by the major American rule makers of the nineteenth and early-twentieth century.’
    • ‘Alexander Cruden completed a concordance of the English Bible in 1737.’
  • 2formal Agreement.

    ‘the concordance between the teams' research results’
    • ‘There is a tale about going for a walk with the wrong map, and finding uncanny concordances.’
    • ‘Cholakov said that during Thursday's meeting, they tried to reach a concordance on a possible revision of the Personal Income Tax Act concerning the patent tax.’
    • ‘There's been some talk in the past few years about ‘avant-garde’ poetry and the sacred, and about the potential concordances between idiosyncratic compositional approaches and spiritual practices.’
    • ‘Many of the exercises, however, require both partners' presence, and this will, obviously, increase the concordance of both partners' reports.’
    • ‘With an overall concordance between the two measures of 91%, this work represented an early effort to optimize efficiency by choosing screening questions using a statistical algorithm.’
    • ‘Table I shows the concordance between the children's Nominated Friends, Reciprocated Friends, and Corroborated Friends.’
    • ‘Values for the three unknown rate constants of the model are chosen such that a satisfactory concordance is achieved between simulated and observed psi and phi signals.’
    • ‘Systematic investigations assessing the concordance of survey and social indicator data in estimating the prevalence of substance abuse are warranted.’
    • ‘Alcotez began speaking, and the smoky pictures moved in concordance with his words.’
    • ‘While each method has potential methodological caveats, the concordance of the results using the different methods lends promise to the conclusions reached.’
    • ‘The overall concordance of Robinson's grading with histological grading in the present study was 71.2 per cent and this is comparable with other published data.’
    • ‘We have seen that the French School attempts to answer this question by appeal to the emergence of a concordance of actors' beliefs about prices that is somehow imbued with an exteriority that projects it beyond the play of mere beliefs.’
    • ‘It was considered important to extend the comparison to other sites in order to determine the generality of the concordance and to pinpoint the causes of the divergence.’
    • ‘Simple but clinically important errors in concordance may occur with medicines in similar packaging.’
    • ‘I believe there are concordances to be found between all symbolic systems.’
    • ‘The concordance between the earlier physiological study and present morphometric investigation is reassuring, given the number of assumptions of the latter.’
    • ‘In Europe economic integration has gone remarkably far, encompassing not only the integrated trade market and the concordance of regulatory standards but monetary union as well.’
    • ‘Such comparative analyses can provide important information about the concordance of genomic, functional, and evolutionary classifications.’
    • ‘I wanted to establish a range of concordances and contrasts between the paintings so the show is strangely animated.’
    • ‘Certainly, in Mary we can assume a perfect concordance between spirit and flesh; but her response, and its fruit, was no less physical than spiritual.’
    correspondence, consistency, compatibility, conformity, coincidence, harmony, concord, accord, accordance, congruity
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  • 3Medicine
    The inheritance by two related individuals (especially twins) of the same genetic characteristic, such as susceptibility to a disease.

    • ‘In 1977, Folstein and Rutter published the first twin study in autism and showed that the concordance rate in identical twins was very much higher than in non-identical twins.’
    • ‘Miyao et a 116 studied 14 patients with lymph node metastases from bladder cancer and found complete concordance between genetic defects in the primary and metastatic sites.’
    • ‘But it is well recognised that twin concordances may be misleading unless the underlying prevalence of a disease is taken into account.’
    • ‘The presence of a high concordance for the CA-hypersensitive phenotype, observed also in dizygotic twins, strongly influenced the correlation coefficients for CA.’
    • ‘In contrast, for those who developed the disease earlier than age 50, further data analysis disclosed there was greater genetic concordance in the MZ twins.’


[with object]often as adjective concordanced
  • Make a concordance of.

    ‘the value of concordanced information’
    • ‘Heuristics can enable one to concordance. even a large corpus.’
    • ‘Longman Mini Concordancer asks automatically for word or phrase to concordance.’
    • ‘In COMPUTING, a comparable list of the words in a text or CORPUS of texts, created by means of a concordancing program.’
    • ‘As well, here is Pride and Predudice divided into volumes which are small enough to concordance completely:’


Late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin concordantia, from concordant- ‘being of one mind’ (see concordant).