con·​gru·​ent | \ kən-ˈgrü-ənt How to pronounce congruent (audio) , ˈkäŋ-grü-ənt How to pronounce congruent (audio) \

Definition of congruent

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

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Other Words from congruent

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 My findings are congruent with those described by Irfan Ahmed in his 2009 book Islamism and Democracy in India, which traces the remarkable metamorphosis in the value system of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, an Islamist group founded in 1941. Sharik Laliwala, Quartz India, "Facing bias, India’s Muslims are rallying behind its secular constitution, not radical Islam," 20 Feb. 2020 The cycle of violence that began with Iran’s missile strikes on Saudi oil facilities could be interpreted as the US and Iran switching to broadly congruent strategies. Steven Simon, The New York Review of Books, "The Middle East: Trump Blunders In," 16 Jan. 2020 That method created 12 slices (some with lots of crust, some with basically none; see above, left) that were all nevertheless congruent. Lindsey Kratochwill, Popular Science, "Cut a better slice of pizza with math," 8 Jan. 2016 The business environment has not been easy to make things affordable and congruent. Madison Iszler,, "Major East Side mixed-use project inches forward," 12 Dec. 2019 This speech was a response to both conditions: to Americans generally, to hasten the end of the war; to his silent majority, to make their cause, and disquiet, congruent with his own., "Fifty years ago Sunday night, President Richard M. Nixon sat in the Oval Office and delivered a nationally televised speech whose content is almost universally forgotten today, but, like so many major presidential addresses, is remembered for one phrase: “silent majority.’’," 3 Nov. 2019 If only the movie were as striking as its vision of a Joker sporting a platinum grill and swimming in thematically congruent prison ink., "Remembering the Jokers before ‘Joker’ - The Boston Globe," 2 Oct. 2019 Stern was criticized for having a conflict of interest: he was expected to look out for the best interests of the NBA and the best interests of one team at a time when those two sets of best interests were not entirely congruent. Michael Mccann,, "DeMarcus Cousins and the NBA's Efforts to Keep Competitive Balance," 3 July 2018 Those two people need to be congruent at all times. Monique Judge, The Root, "Let’s Clear Up Some Misconceptions About Nonmonogamy," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of congruent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for congruent

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

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“Congruent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of congruent

mathematics : having the same size and shape
formal : matching or in agreement with something


con·​gru·​ent | \ kən-ˈgrü-ənt How to pronounce congruent (audio) , ˈkäŋ-grə-wənt \

Kids Definition of congruent

: having the same size and shape congruent triangles

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