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correspondence

[kawr-uh-spon-duh ns, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈspɒn dəns, ˌkɒr-/
noun
1.
communication by exchange of letters.
2.
a letter or letters that pass between correspondents:
It will take me all day to answer this business correspondence.
3.
Also, correspondency. an instance of corresponding.
4.
similarity or analogy.
5.
agreement; conformity.
6.
news, commentary, letters, etc., received from a newspaper or magazine correspondent.
7.
Mathematics, function (def 4a).
Origin of correspondence
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin corrēspondentia. See correspondent, -ence
Related forms
noncorrespondence, noun
precorrespondence, noun
Synonyms
5. accord, concord, consonance.
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  • The selections from his correspondence which follow illustrate these changes in him.

  • When you see them, you will observe how he endeavours to hold me to this correspondence.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • This correspondence is not so interesting as it might have been expected to prove.

    Andrew Marvell Augustine Birrell
  • Would I declare, that I would still honour him with my correspondence?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Marshall, at best, was incredibly negligent of his correspondence as he was of all other ordinary details of life.

British Dictionary definitions for correspondence

correspondence

/ˌkɒrɪˈspɒndəns/
noun
1.
the act or condition of agreeing or corresponding
2.
similarity or analogy
3.
agreement or conformity
4.
  1. communication by the exchange of letters
  2. the letters so exchanged
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Word Origin and History for correspondence
n.

early 15c., "harmony, agreement," from Medieval Latin correspondentia, from correspondentem (nominative correspondens), present participle of correspondere (see correspond). Sense of "communication by letters" is first attested 1640s.

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correspondence in Medicine

correspondence cor·re·spon·dence (kôr'ĭ-spŏn'dəns)
n.
A relationship between corresponding points on each retina such that stimulation produces a single image.

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