Definition of incongruent in English:



  • 1Incongruous; incompatible.

    • ‘What is interesting to me is how incongruent this prevailing view that such aspects of personalities matter to voters is with the new fashionable attitude to politicians' personal morality.’
    • ‘Before I met my acupuncturist, my love life was in disarray: acute disappointments, incongruent pairings, missing variables (sense of humor, stable income, deodorant).’
    • ‘Of course I would be the administrator and as such would have the power to edit their posts to ensure they wouldn't be incongruent with my own worldview.’
    • ‘We will further democracy and the majesty of the people by empowering unelected Guardians to restrain the people when their choices are incongruent with that of the Ivy educated.’
    • ‘There is something wonderfully incongruent in the Royal Mail celebrating its monopoly powers by increasing the price of a first class stamp yet again.’
    • ‘I certainly believe that our foreign policy is imperial and see such a policy as incongruent with the values of a republic.’
    • ‘Because of this, associative ‘correspondences’ between discursive subjects and incongruent temporal episodes, no matter how unclear, are made possible.’
    • ‘Although I listened in silence, his comments were strikingly incongruent with the vivid descriptions that Chole's fishermen gave of the destruction that dynamiting caused the reefs.’
    • ‘For some reason my memory of what she said was completely incongruent with what she did, and she was quite right, I think.’
    • ‘But when many states threaten each other for incongruent purposes, who is to do the deterring, and in the face of what provocation?’
    • ‘But it seems a little incongruent for a nation so concerned with its democratic credentials to refuse access to a journalist simply because she says the wrong things, and isn't likely to fall under a steam-roller any time soon.’
    • ‘Conspicuous consumption of incongruent high-rise real-estate at the expense of venerable neighborhood community centers!’
    • ‘At first glance, Kensington's alternative youth may seem incongruent with the older immigrant community.’
    • ‘For just like adding plastic to groundfill while complaining of global warming, it is internally incongruent to preach peace and understanding via corrupted messaging.’
    • ‘By now the sound of gun shots rarely distracts me, but this time it was too close, and too incongruent with the bustling nightlife.’
    • ‘Even if, in the beginning, we may have felt incongruent with the jealous workplace environment, slowly we start focusing our energies on how to avoid or circumvent it.’
    • ‘Many find the enforcement of minor infractions, such as standing on the tree planters or chalking on the ground, incongruent with perceptions of public space.’
    • ‘This is a common approach for a duo who delight in blending seemingly incongruent but ultimately believable material into their performances.’
    • ‘How could Aristotle have held such an incongruent view?’
    • ‘An incongruent digital clock atop a regal edifice displayed the minutes to the millennium - and beyond.’
    1. 1.1Chemistry (of melting, dissolution, or other process) affecting the components of an alloy or other substance differently.
      • ‘Molecular phylogenies of lineages that split from one another in short succession are often difficult to resolve because different loci and different sites within the same locus yield incongruent relationships.’
      • ‘Potentially incongruent phylogenetic relationships found for different genes might not result from HGT at all but may be due to inadequate phylogenetic signals.’
      • ‘Biogeography and comparative phylogeography differ in their potential to explain incongruent patterns, owing to the disparate time scales.’
      • ‘These results point to potential problems that may be encountered in this type of phylogenetic analysis due to substitution rate variability between different gene segments leading to incongruent phylogenies.’
      • ‘In the first, the phylogenies of different genes were shown to be incongruent, indicating recombination between the genes.’


Late Middle English: from Latin incongruent-, from in- ‘not’ + congruent- ‘meeting together’ (see congruent).