con·​cor·​dance | \ kən-ˈkȯr-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce concordance (audio) , kän- \

Definition of concordance

1 : an alphabetical index of the principal words in a book or the works of an author with their immediate contexts

Examples of concordance in a Sentence

There is little concordance between the two studies. a concordance of Shakespeare's plays
Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, racial concordance in clinician-patient interactions has been shown to improve health outcomes, particularly among black patients. Uche Blackstock, Twin Cities, "Uche Blackstock: Mother, daughters, doctors. Affirmative action at Harvard makes a generational ripple in improving black health care," 28 Nov. 2019 This concordance between the visual and the electrical in graphene almost seems to be an example of life imitating art right down to the quantum level. Quanta Magazine, "When Magic Is Seen in Twisted Graphene, That’s a Moiré," 20 June 2019 The idea of your genitals and your mind operating separately from each other is a concept called genital non-concordance. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: Why Is My Vagina Always So Dry During Sex?," 11 Oct. 2018 But even if environmental activists and the government reach some kind of concordance on how to reduce fire risks, the challenge ahead is immense. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke blamed environmentalists for California’s massive wildfires. Again.," 21 Nov. 2018 A federal waiver allowed the tribes to do some ceremonial fishing—essentially just taking a small catch in concordance with the treaty rights—but that rankled many non-Indians. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian, "Medicine Creek, the Treaty That Set the Stage for Standing Rock," 9 June 2017 Early biblical concordances — alphabetical indexes of words in the Bible, along with their context — allowed for some of the same types of analyses found in modern-day textual data-crunching. Samuel Arbesman, WIRED, "Reducing the Hype Around Big Data," 20 Aug. 2013 One area that has lagged behind is what researchers calls dyadic sleep, or sleep concordance. Bruce Feiler, New York Times, "NYT Living Newsletter," 9 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of concordance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concordance

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin concordantia, from Latin concordant-, concordans, present participle of concordare to agree, from concord-, concors

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“Concordance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of concordance

formal : a state in which things agree and do not conflict with each other
: an alphabetical list of all of the words in a book or in a set of works written by an author

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