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

Examples of consilience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If consilience entails convergence toward a consensus, science is moving away from consilience. John Horgan, Scientific American, 25 June 2021 Next question: Is consilience desirable? John Horgan, Scientific American, 25 June 2021 Part of the problem here is that for various reasons that the sample space of researchers engaging in this sort of consilience is small, and restricted to particular scientific subcultures (e.g., evolutionary psychologists, the group of anthropologists around Robert Boyd, etc.). Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 30 Mar. 2013 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 20 May. 2024.

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