con·​gru·​ous | \ ˈkäŋ-grü-əs How to pronounce congruous (audio) \

Definition of congruous

1a : being in agreement, harmony, or correspondence Their achievements were congruous with their abilities.
b : conforming to the circumstances or requirements of a situation : appropriate … a congruous room to work in …— George Bernard Shaw
2 : marked or enhanced by harmonious agreement among constituent elements a congruous theme

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Other Words from congruous

congruously adverb
congruousness noun

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Congruous has been used in English since at least 1599, when it appeared in the following description: "All the parts of his bodie were in good proportion, and congruous as a man could wish." It has remained more or less true to its Latin roots: it is derived from Latin congruus, an adjective that comes from the verb "congruere," which means "to come together" or "to agree." Another familiar "congruere" descendant in English is "congruent," which first appeared at least a century earlier with the same meaning as "congruous." We also acquired "congrue," a verb meaning "to be in harmony" or "to agree," from "congruere," but it has since become obsolete.

Examples of congruous in a Sentence

the congruous layout of the mansion's formal gardens conveys a sense of both grandeur and intimacy when performing his official duties, the president must be dressed in clothes that are congruous with his high position
Recent Examples on the Web This describes a state in which everyone is following the strategy and moving as one congruous unit. Ira Gostin, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Vattamala suspects that many Asian Americans vote on specific issues like health care, education and immigration, casting votes for the candidate congruous with their needs and concerns, rather than remaining with one party. NBC News, 11 Nov. 2019 The point is that the incentives for the persons involved in the decision were not necessarily congruous. Michael Mccann,, 17 June 2019 This complicated arrangement placed Panthers officials and Richardson in positions that may not have been entirely congruous. Michael Mccann,, 26 Apr. 2018 Second, the primary transfer window doesn’t align with many other countries’ allotted times for transactions, while the summer window is more congruous with those international schedules. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 9 May 2017 The principle of organic architecture is simple, commanding its followers to sympathetic and congruous relations between the structure and the environment in which it is built. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, 22 June 2017 Of all the various cabinet hopefuls and assorted hangers-on who have come to Trump Tower to get an audience with President-elect Donald J. Trump, perhaps the least congruous might be the visitor who dropped by late Wednesday morning: Bill de Blasio. J. David Goodman, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of congruous

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for congruous

Latin congruus, from congruere to come together, agree

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12 May 2021

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“Congruous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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