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[in-kong-groo-uh nt, in-kuh n-groo-, -kuh ng-] /ɪnˈkɒŋ gru ənt, ˌɪn kənˈgru-, -kəŋ-/
not congruent.
Origin of incongruent
1525-35; < Latin incongruent- (stem of incongruēns) inconsistent. See in-3, congruent
Related forms
incongruence, noun
incongruently, adverb
Can be confused
congruous, congruent, incongruous, incongruent. Unabridged
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  • Soldiers here searched for shade and ways to while away an incongruent abundance of free time.
  • Listening to all sides of the story paints a fascinatingly incongruent picture.
  • All these civilizations had to struggle with reconciling the incongruent motions.
  • The midlevel and corps ensemble is full of strong dancers, but sometimes looks ragged or stylistically incongruent.
  • Most of the reports are vague, filled with incongruent detail, or crudely fabricated.
  • These types of incongruent and uncoordinated statements have been part of the day to day communication ritual in this government.
British Dictionary definitions for incongruent


when postpositive, foll by with or to. incompatible with (what is suitable); inappropriate
containing disparate or discordant elements or parts
Derived Forms
incongruously, incongruently, adverb
incongruousness, incongruence, noun
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Word Origin and History for incongruent

mid-15c., from Latin incongruentem (nominative incongruens), from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + congruens (see congruent). Related: Incongruently.

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