Definition of congruent in US English:



  • 1In agreement or harmony.

    ‘the rules may not be congruent with the requirements of the law’
    ‘institutional and departmental objectives are largely congruent’
    • ‘The term that everybody's concept would most like to be paired against, medical model, is not congruent with a pathological orientation.’
    • ‘Rather than leave a blank I have hazarded a reading congruent with the other Indian terms (rupee, nabob) in the text.’
    • ‘His position was indeed congruent with a differentiated conception of knowledge that constituted a core element in his modernist thought.’
    • ‘So the outcome is proportionate and congruent with international principles of self-defense.’
    • ‘Since escapist fantasy isn't always congruent with second-home-owner reality, we checked in with the experts for tips on buying smart.’
    • ‘Therefore, a good society is, to some degree, one that allows people to succeed in various endeavors congruent with their individual and collective values.’
    • ‘No significant change occurs unless the new form is congruent with the old.’
    • ‘Classical mechanics for example is (so far as I know) internally consistent, but is not at all points congruent with reality.’
    • ‘Oftentimes, achieving a major goal eludes us because we want to make huge leaps from reality to the dream without making our lives congruent with the main goal we set for ourselves.’
    • ‘Are our actions congruent with protecting people?’
    • ‘A business goal - expanding the appeal of computer games to women - is presented as one quite congruent with a moral one.’
    • ‘We will never ignore the president's request, which also is congruent with our objectives and with our goals.’
    • ‘I don't find a lot of it to be congruent with my own perception of the situation.’
    • ‘If they did, they might elect someone not congruent with American interests.’
    • ‘‘Sport is a vital part of Service life and the personal qualities it develops are congruent with the qualities we expect in our people,’ he said.’
    • ‘They will not try to make every movement congruent with their own attachment to capitalist democracy.’
    • ‘In addition, we may find ourselves in accord with the many education reformers who point out that such programs are more congruent with adult learning theory programs.’
    • ‘Professional role expectations are not congruent with the feminine role expectations, as a result women with a demanding job, face role overload and conflict.’
    • ‘The instructional mode of two teachers was congruent with their personal view of learning, while the third showed congruence only when teaching one subject area.’
    • ‘Next, you want to get very specific about what you're going to market on your webpage and make sure that it's congruent with our next step.’
    consistent, reconcilable, consonant, congruous, fitting
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  • 2Geometry
    (of figures) identical in form; coinciding exactly when superimposed.

    • ‘Each vertex triangle in the new hexagon is either congruent to one in the original hexagon or has the same base and height.’
    • ‘This implies that the marked quadrilaterals (and so, by symmetry, all the quadrilaterals) are congruent.’
    • ‘Four congruent sides lie on two parallel lines, and pairs of these sides define parallelograms of equal area.’
    • ‘The reason is that one can divide the larger square into nine congruent copies of the smaller one’
    • ‘Use just one cut - or draw a line - and divide this white shape into two identical, congruent, parts.’
    matching, identical, alike, duplicate, carbon-copy, twin, paired, coupled, double, indistinguishable, interchangeable, corresponding, equivalent, parallel, of a piece, all of a piece, like, like peas in a pod, like two peas in a pod, comparable, similar, correlative, tallying, agreeing, concordant, consonant
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Late Middle English: from Latin congruent- ‘agreeing, meeting together’, from the verb congruere, from con- ‘together’ + ruere ‘fall or rush’.