: congruous
… establish incentives and rewards congruent with professional standing.Timothy S. Healy
: superposable so as to be coincident throughout
congruent triangles
: having the difference divisible by a given modulus
12 is congruent to 2 (modulo 5) since 12−2=2·5.
congruently adverb

Examples of congruent in a Sentence

Their goals are not congruent with the goals of the team. a theory congruent with the known facts of the case
Recent Examples on the Web The same specialist, who has spent decades conducting forensic investigations in conflict zones around the world, also said the damage at the crater site, and at the scene, was not congruent with damage normally seen at an artillery shelling site. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, 21 Oct. 2023 The document highlights that Senate Republicans such as Josh Hawley have introduced congruent legislation, and committee members from both sides endorsed probes into companies such as Amazon and Google. Ryan Yonk, National Review, 13 Sep. 2023 According to Smith, every light, no matter how complicated, runs off a set of phases, which are changes that are congruent with the typical flow of traffic. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2023 In other words, scissors congruence is symmetric: If shape A is scissors congruent to shape B, then shape B is also scissors congruent to shape A. Patrick Honner, Quanta Magazine, 21 Nov. 2022 Since the triangle is scissors congruent to the rectangle and the rectangle is scissors congruent to the square, the triangle is scissors congruent to the square. Patrick Honner, Quanta Magazine, 21 Nov. 2022 In some instances, this leads to interesting and sometimes not entirely congruent recollections of events told by different participants. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2023 In another example of congruent storytelling in the Triple H Era, Charlotte was seen smiling approvingly on the outside of the ring similar to Sasha Banks when Bianca Belair snatched the torch from up under Charlotte’s fellow horsewoman at WrestleMania 37. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 2 Apr. 2023 Beyond the broader sociocultural discussion on disability and financial solvency, the reality is the need for Apple’s best-of-breed accessibility support unfortunately isn’t always congruent with the ability to actually procure the tools that provide it. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 8 June 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin congruent-, congruens, present participle of congruere — see congruous

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Congruent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: having the same size and shape : capable of being placed over another figure and exactly matching
congruent triangles
congruently adverb

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