Definitions

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

  • n. Agreement, harmony, conformity, or correspondence.
  • n. An instance of this: "What an extraordinary congruence of genius and era” ( Rita Rack).
  • n. Mathematics The state of being congruent.
  • n. Mathematics A statement that two quantities are congruent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of agreeing or corresponding; being suitable and appropriate.
  • n. a relation between two numbers indicating they give the same remainder when divided by some given number
  • n. being isometric — roughly, the same size and shape
  • n. more generally: any equivalence relation defined on an algebraic structure which is preserved by operations defined by the structure

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Suitableness of one thing to another; agreement; consistency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Suitableness or appropriateness of one thing to another; agreement; consistency. Also congruency.
  • n. Tn mathematics, a relation between three numbers such that the difference between two of them, which are said to be congruent, is divisible by the third, which is called the modulus.
  • n. In grammar, concord; agreement.
  • n. Same as congruency, 2.
  • n. In geometry, identity in shape and size. Its symbol is ≡.
  • n. In line geometry, a set of ∞ lines, such that any two given conditions determine a definite finite number of lines of the set.

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

  • n. the quality of agreeing; being suitable and appropriate

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Latin congruentia ("agreement"), from congruēns, present active participle of congruō ("meet together, agree").

Examples

  • So integrating your keywords into page titles, ad titles, ad copy, page copy all works to improve the keyword congruence of the campaign.

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  • So it’s not surprising that this book urges the reader to live in congruence with the truth of that world, alongside the reality of our deepest urges and instincts.

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  • Referring to himself as “a walking example of God’s redemption”, he said: “Exodus exists so that individuals can live in congruence with their own faith-based beliefs.

    The camp that ‘cures’ homosexuality

  • Until recently, zealous advocacy for torture and barbarism probably would have been seen as, if not incompatible with conservative beliefs, certainly not in congruence.

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  • When I did the foundation year of a psychology MA a few years ago we looked at what was called congruence: which to me means the head and the heart and the actions of a person all in alignment.

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  • However, when confronted with extreme information, the results support a preference for congruence, that is, people prefer to pass along news that is congruent with the emotional valence of the domain in question.

    Slugger O'Toole

  • A friend of mine once defined a good man as one who finds a way to live a life of congruence, meaning that he is the same guy in public as he is in private, the same guy at work, with his kids, in his marriage, and in his friendships.

    Tom Matlack: Better To Be Open Than To Be A Fraud

  • A blogger on our website recently called it living a life of "congruence" meaning being the same man as a father and husband as you are a worker.

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  • They include several key elements, such as congruence of ecosystem and governance boundaries; specification and representation of interests; matching of governance structure to ecosystem characteristics; containment of transaction costs; and monitoring, enforcement, and adaptation processes at the appropriate scale [11].

    Property rights and ecological-social interactions

  • Meanwhile, I'd be very interested to know your reaction to the "congruence" notion I've proposed here as it stands currently.

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