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[kong-groo-uh ns, kuh n-groo-, kuh ng-] /ˈkɒŋ gru əns, kənˈgru-, kəŋ-/
the quality or state of agreeing or corresponding.
Mathematics. a relation between two numbers indicating that the numbers give the same remainder when divided by some given number.
Compare residue (def 4b).
Origin of congruence
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin congruentia, derivative of congruent- congruent; see -ence
Related forms
noncongruence, noun Unabridged
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  • Students are looking for congruence between who you are and how you teach.
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  • What's different about this period is the increasing congruence between ideological and partisan differences.
  • There is an odd congruence between the nature of a given city and its preference in chicken.
  • In some instances there is congruence, but in others, one delivery mechanism or the other falls short.
  • That's a small price to pay for the movie's essential rightness, for its congruence with the mood and manner of the novel.
British Dictionary definitions for congruence


the quality or state of corresponding, agreeing, or being congruent
(maths) the relationship between two integers, x and y, such that their difference, with respect to another positive integer called the modulus, n, is a multiple of the modulus. Usually written xy (mod n), as in 2511 (mod 7)
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Word Origin and History for congruence

mid-15c., from Latin congruentia "agreement, harmony, congruity," from congruentem (nominative congruens), present participle of congruere "to come together" (see congruent). Related: Congruency.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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