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

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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 An amazingly accurate forecast This storm was a milestone in medium-range forecasting for the U.S. forecasts produced by several numerical weather prediction models were remarkably congruent and on-target five days in advance. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "The five most remarkable attributes of the Storm of the Century," 13 Mar. 2018 Giving Kushner the responsibility to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for all time seems like the premise of a sitcom — yet is wholly congruent with Trump's management style. Anchorage Daily News, "Trumpism is a psychology, not an ideology," 7 Mar. 2018 Also congruent with the lyrics, the video ends with a view of the Framlingham Castle off in the distance. Megan Armstrong, Billboard, "Around The World With Ed Sheeran: 5 of His 'Divide' Destination Music Videos," 9 Nov. 2017 In a telephone conversation, Dr. Painter said that his vision of the United States was congruent with her own. ConcepciÓn De LeÓn, New York Times, "Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Making of a Public Intellectual," 29 Sep. 2017 The national interests of the three are not congruent., "Iran, Turkey and Russia aren't natural friends, and it's up to the US to keep it that way," 5 Sep. 2017 Having good values and making a strong effort to be congruent with them is impressive and leads to an amazing atmosphere and culture. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "The 25 Best Small and Medium Workplaces in New York," 18 July 2017

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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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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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