con·​sil·​ience kən-ˈsil-yən(t)s How to pronounce consilience (audio)
: the linking together of principles from different disciplines especially when forming a comprehensive theory

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But, ultimately, the consilience of doing and being is essential. Douglas B. Laney, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021

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Word History


com- + resilience

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of consilience was in 1840

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“Consilience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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