: the quality or state of agreeing, coinciding, or being congruent
… the happy congruence of nature and reason …Gertrude Himmelfarb
: a statement that two numbers or geometric figures are congruent

Examples of congruence in a Sentence

little apparent congruence between her professed concern for the poor and her own extravagant lifestyle
Recent Examples on the Web Grare cautions that the Look East Policy does not offer the congruence with U.S. strategies that some Washington policymakers like to imagine. Frédéric Grare, Foreign Affairs, 16 Apr. 2018 Authenticity is multidimensional and incorporates individuality, congruence, self-awareness, freedom, self-actualization, self-worth and sincerity. Naira Velumyan, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 Writing and surgery have many odd congruences: each activity depends for its success on counterfactuals, since there can be no satisfying conclusion to a plot without a potentially unsatisfying one, and no sense of a life being saved unless it could have been lost. Will Self, Harper's Magazine, 12 Sep. 2022 The researchers said their findings also suggest appearance congruence is important for trans and nonbinary youths’ well-being. Jo Yurcaba, NBC News, 19 Jan. 2023 Hecke’s methods only worked for congruence groups and their modular forms. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 9 Mar. 2023 The new proof automatically delivers congruence for all these cases — for free. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 9 Mar. 2023 In congruence with all of those handy features, shoppers love the way the scrubber saves time and energy, all without sacrificing wow-worthy results. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2023 The researchers used scales that measured depression and anxiety, positive emotions and sense of life satisfaction, and appearance congruence — meaning how much a trans person feels their external appearance aligns with their gender identity. Jo Yurcaba, NBC News, 19 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of congruence was in the 15th century

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“Congruence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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: the quality or state of having the same size and shape

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