Congruence is the state achieved by coming together, the state of agreement. The Latin congruō meaning “I meet together, I agree”. As an abstract term, congruence means similarity between objects. Congruence, as opposed to equivalence or approximation, is a relation which implies a kind of equivalence, though not complete equivalence.



  • Congruence (geometry), being isometric — roughly, the same size and shape
  • In modular arithmetic, having the same remainder when divided by a specified integer
  • Congruence or congruence relation, in abstract algebra, an equivalence relation on an algebraic structure that is compatible with the structure
  • Congruence subgroup, a subgroup defined by congruence conditions on the entries of a matrix group with integer entries
  • Ramanujan's congruences, congruences for the partition function, p(n), first discovered by Ramanujan in 1919
  • Congruence of squares, in number theory, a congruence commonly used in integer factorization algorithms
  • Congruence (manifolds), in the theory of smooth manifolds, the set of integral curves defined by a nonvanishing vector field defined on the manifold
  • Congruence (general relativity), in general relativity, a congruence in a four-dimensional Lorentzian manifold that is interpreted physically as a model of space time, or a bundle of world lines


in psychiatry, congruence between feeling or emotion, and affect display or the manner in which that emotion is being expressed
in psychology, consistency between a patient's symptoms and their mood or mental disorder


  • Congruence bias, a type of cognitive bias, similar to confirmation bias
  • An alternative definition of congruence in the work of Virginia Satir, one of the sources of NLP, is the balance between self, other and context.
  • In cladistics, congruence is a test of homology, or shared, derived character states, in which the distributions of supposed homologies among taxa are compared for consistency.
  • Horizontal and vertical congruence, two related principles of grouping
  • In HTML, the graphical symbol for congruence ≅ is written as ⑃ (hexadecimal), ≅ (decimal) and ≅ (named entity).

See also

  • Congruence principle (disambiguation)
  • ≡ (disambiguation)

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