Definition of correspondence in English:

correspondence

noun

  • 1A close similarity, connection, or equivalence.

    ‘there is a simple correspondence between the distance of a focused object from the eye and the size of its image on the retina’
    • ‘We don't usually divide it into vertical levels, and no particular distinction is made in terms of correspondences depending on depth.’
    • ‘Some close correspondences can be found between the rhetoric of Robinson and that of Cicero and, to an even greater extent, Quintilian.’
    • ‘And it is fun noticing all the odd little correspondences between stories.’
    • ‘Write down the correspondences for all these individual items so you can see interconnectedness between everything.’
    • ‘Furthermore, their neurological commonalities make the previous psychological correspondences more meaningful.’
    • ‘Metaphorical extension does, however, presuppose the recognition of similarities, or correspondences, between the source and the target domains.’
    • ‘Roughly, one measures everything with a ruler and compass and sets things up according to strict astrological correspondences.’
    • ‘Of course one-to-one correspondences would detract from the richness of the book.’
    • ‘But don't look for one on one comparisons: Loki is not the same as Mercury but they do share similar correspondences.’
    • ‘Campbell has also proposed that the conceptual correspondences between multiplication and division facts are utilized by adults.’
    • ‘Rapport seeks to show the correspondences between literature (the English novel, anyway) and anthropology.’
    • ‘So I wasn't satisfied with just noting a few close correspondences.’
    • ‘I know I couldn't have possibly touched on all references or correspondences and it would be great to know what others think of what I have here, what they might add or dispute.’
    • ‘Since the genes are conserved, we can map correspondences between them within a lineage and in comparison with other lineages.’
    • ‘Thus, if there were no adaptive value in maintaining these correspondences, then they could diverge during evolution.’
    • ‘Whereas the correspondences between the drawing and the reflected face are not as conclusive, they are not altogether implausible.’
    • ‘Unique correspondences are identified for eight chromosomes.’
    • ‘In so doing, he relied on the theory of correspondences to explain how gains in the material sphere might parallel those in the celestial.’
    • ‘They have no vertical or horizontal correspondences.’
    • ‘Today, these parallels are known not to be exact correspondences, but the links between development and evolution remain an area of active research.’
    correlation, similarity, resemblance, comparability, compatibility, agreement, consistency, congruity, conformity, uniformity, harmony, affinity, accordance, accord, concurrence, coincidence
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  • 2Communication by exchanging letters with someone.

    ‘the organization engaged in detailed correspondence with local congressmen’
    • ‘From conversation and correspondence with party members, a peculiar picture emerges.’
    • ‘They could suggest only that there would be direct correspondence with the President.’
    • ‘The correspondence with Duchas and your work with the County Council are positive approaches.’
    • ‘And there is a diversity of opinion among them, and I've been in correspondence with a couple of them.’
    • ‘In the course of correspondence with an Aussie bloke, I was asked about my experiences in caring for emus.’
    • ‘As to Wales, I was in brief correspondence with a friend today and don't think I can say it better here.’
    • ‘We've had correspondence with Natalie and Jamie and I've spoken to them.’
    • ‘Also I have had detailed correspondence with the chief executive of the county council.’
    • ‘In addition, there has been no correspondence with the various councils concerning uplifting the game's standard.’
    • ‘I resolve to maintain more constant correspondence with my friend Amanda.’
    • ‘These problems have prompted the accounting officer to warn against detailed correspondence with schools in the future.’
    • ‘Five years ago the federal government determined after correspondence with these people that we had no legal obligation.’
    • ‘I really do not have the time to enter into further correspondence with the RAC over this matter.’
    • ‘He also reads the Limerick Leader and is in regular correspondence with cousins and neighbours in Ballingrane.’
    • ‘This was due to a staff shortage which consequently resulted in delayed correspondence with members of the public.’
    • ‘Paul kept up his weekly correspondence with Kate until her condition made it impossible for her to write back to him.’
    • ‘I am very sorry, but I am unable to indulge in protracted correspondence with you.’
    • ‘We would urge people not to take up correspondence with these people.’
    • ‘Since then they have been in correspondence with the school.’
    • ‘The two associations were in correspondence with one another and exchanged printed minutes.’
    letter writing, writing, written communication
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    1. 2.1 Letters sent or received.
      ‘his wife dealt with his private correspondence’
      • ‘Well I haven't received one piece of correspondence to corroborate that fear.’
      • ‘I am disappointed that the National Party does not seem to take any notice of correspondence sent to it.’
      • ‘The bakeries received correspondence late yesterday informing them that they should stop all supplies to schools.’
      • ‘Although I received correspondence from the housing office nothing has been done.’
      • ‘Please be certain to provide your manuscript number when sending us correspondence.’
      • ‘File any correspondence sent to you with the Companies Registration Office.’
      • ‘His correspondence with Galileo includes at least 112 letters.’
      • ‘Use a postal method that proves that your correspondence was received.’
      • ‘I did not receive instructions to write that nor would my client have been aware that I had written it as I did not send him copies of correspondence.’
      • ‘When he received that correspondence, it appeared to have been opened.’
      • ‘I have received correspondence from the Department that indicates the need for the supplement is acknowledged.’
      • ‘Many of the others had simply disappeared and in many cases correspondence sent to their given addresses had been returned.’
      • ‘I sent to your Honour some copies of correspondence that was received and sent overnight.’
      • ‘But she recently received correspondence telling her she had a half-sister in Australia.’
      • ‘May I read a piece of correspondence I recently received?’
      • ‘The correspondence was sent back and no copy was kept on the department's file.’
      • ‘At the beginning of this year, I received correspondence from my editor in the United States.’
      • ‘Make copies of all correspondence you send and keep those records for at least seven years.’
      • ‘So I sent back a letter asking for all future correspondence to be sent direct to me.’
      • ‘His general practice in such cases was to telephone the firm in question telling them not to send correspondence to him and to destroy it.’
      mail, post, communication, written communication
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin correspondentia, from correspondent- ‘corresponding’ (see correspondent).

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