Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the same tastes, habits, or temperament; sympathetic.
  • adj. Of a pleasant disposition; friendly and sociable: a congenial host.
  • adj. Suited to one's needs or nature; agreeable: congenial surroundings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having the same or very similar nature, personality, tastes, habits or interests
  • adj. friendly or sociable
  • adj. suitable to one's needs

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Partaking of the same nature; allied by natural characteristics; kindred; sympathetic.
  • adj. Naturally adapted; suited to the disposition.
  • adj. capable of cross-fertilization or of being grafted; -- used of plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Partaking of the same nature or natural characteristics; kindred; like.
  • Hence Suited or adapted in character or feeling; pleasing or agreeable; harmonious; sympathetic; companionable.
  • Naturally suited or adapted; having fitness or correspondence; agreeable; pleasing: as, congenial work.
  • Synonyms Pleasing, Agreeable, etc. See pleasant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used of plants) capable of cross-fertilization or of being grafted
  • adj. suitable to your needs

Etymologies

Probably from con- + Latin genius, the personification of one's natural inclinations; see genius.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
con- + genial (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Pointing out that a claim I find congenial is bullshit is a symptom of class and gender privilege.

    Shorter Zuzu

  • "We will review our stated position only if we are satisfied that the viability of the project is not being impinged, the integral nature of the mother plant and our ancillary units are being maintained and all stakeholders are committed to develop a long-term congenial environment for smooth operations of the plant," a Tata spokesman said in a statement.

    Tata Idles Work on Plant Despite Protests' End

  • The woman who earns a competence in congenial work insists on economic standards which are often beyond the capacity of the men whom she knows and might possibly marry.

    Homemaking and Careers

  • Suffering and death and all ugliness were forgotten in congenial and healthful companionship.

    Love and Life Behind the Purdah

  • From the mangrove swamps at the mouths of turbid, sluggish rivers, where numberless alligators dwell in congenial slime, the State gradually rises inland, passing through all the imaginable wealth of tropical vegetation and produce till it becomes hilly, if not mountainous.

    The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

  • A Tata Motors spokesperson told ET: “We will review our stated position only if we are satisfied that the viability of the project is not being impinged, the integral nature of the mother plant and our ancillary units are being maintained and all stakeholders are committed to develop a long-term congenial environment. â€

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  • Japan promptly set about engaging the modern world on terms congenial to its own political priorities--not those of outsiders.

    Ian Fletcher: Japan, the Forgotten Protectionist Threat

  • But again, if we say that the congenial is the same as the good, in that case the good and he only will be the friend of the good.

    Lysis; or Friendship

  • As the man on the suit-case gazed about him at the general air of dilapidation and neglect characteristic of a country town on the down grade, and recalled the congenial life of the city which he had left, with all its busy competition, with all its absorbing activities, the companionship of the men he loved, and the restful, inspiring intimacy with a certain young woman, he felt, for the moment, a pang of homesickness.

    Hepsey Burke

  • The party at Broadstone was not in what might be called a congenial condition.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate

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  • Homes used this word when he was talking to Watson about his meeting with Moriarty that he was about to go to.

    July 23, 2012