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[kong-groo-uh nt, kuh n-groo-, kuh ng-] /ˈkɒŋ gru ənt, kənˈgru-, kəŋ-/
agreeing; accordant; congruous.
Mathematics. of or relating to two numbers related by a congruence.
Geometry. coinciding at all points when superimposed:
congruent triangles.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin congruent- (stem of congruēns, present participle of congruere to come together, fit in, agree), equivalent to con- con- + -gru- base of uncertain meaning (attested only in this v. and ingruere to fall upon) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
congruently, adverb
noncongruent, adjective
noncongruently, adverb
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  • Salary is commensurate with education and experience and is congruent with national standards.
  • He simply felt you could not speak coherently about internal experiences, which was a perfectly congruent position.
  • By the time she entered her teens, she could look forward to marriage and to a life congruent with the one she knew.
  • She was talking in a way that's congruent with the way that people in her set talk.
  • As such science fiction and science are actually congruent.
British Dictionary definitions for congruent


agreeing; corresponding; congruous
having identical shapes so that all parts correspond: congruent triangles Compare similar (sense 2)
of or concerning two integers related by a congruence
Derived Forms
congruently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin congruere to meet together, agree
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Word Origin and History for congruent

early 15c., "suitable, proper," from Latin congruentem (nominative congruens) "agreeing, fit, suitable," present participle of congruere, literally "to come together, agree, correspond with," from com- "with" (see com-) + a lost verb *gruere, *ruere "fall, rush," perhaps from PIE *ghrei- "to rub, grind" (see chrism). Geometry sense attested by 1706.

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congruent in Science
  (kŏng'gr-ənt, kən-gr'ənt)   
Relating to geometric figures that have the same size and shape. Two triangles are congruent, for example, if their sides are of the same length and their internal angles are of the same measure.
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