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Definitions for congenial
kənˈdʒin yəlcon·ge·nial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. congenialadjective

    suitable to your needs

    "a congenial atmosphere to work in"; "two congenial spirits united...by mutual confidence and reciprocal virtues"- T.L.Peacock

  2. congenialadjective

    (used of plants) capable of cross-fertilization or of being grafted


  1. congenialadjective

    having the same or very similar nature, personality, tastes, habits or interests

    Etymology: con- + genial

  2. congenialadjective

    friendly or sociable

    The congenial bartender makes the Hog's Head an inviting place to hang out during the weekends.

    Etymology: con- + genial

  3. congenialadjective

    suitable to one's needs

    Etymology: con- + genial

Webster Dictionary

  1. Congenialadjective

    partaking of the same nature; allied by natural characteristics; kindred; sympathetic

    Etymology: [Pref. con- + genial.]

  2. Congenialadjective

    naturally adapted; suited to the disposition

    Etymology: [Pref. con- + genial.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Congenial

    kon-jē′ni-al, adj. of the same genius, spirit, or tastes: kindred, sympathetic: suitable.—n. Congenial′ity.—adv. Congē′nially. [L. con, with, and genialis, genial. See Genial.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of congenial in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of congenial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of congenial in a Sentence

  1. Alexander Hamilton:

    The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias and prejudice, and on the love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education, and family. The opinion advanced in Notes on Virginia [by Thomas Jefferson] is undoubtedly correct, that foreigners will generally be apt to bring with them attachments to the persons they have left behind; to the country of their nativity, and to its particular customs and manners. They will also entertain opinions on government congenial with those under which they have lived; or, if they should be led hither from a preference to ours, how extremely unlikely is it that they will bring with them that temperate love of liberty, so essential to real republicanism?

  2. Tyson Barker:

    It was clearly not going to be a congenial trip, as many European institutions and diplomats are happily turning their back on the Donald Trump administration. It's no secret that Europe is very much looking forward to working with Joe Biden.

  3. Christopher Meyer:

    It was clearly somebody who set out deliberately to sabotage Sir Kim's ambassadorship, to make his position untenable and to have him replaced by somebody more congenial to the leaker.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    I think the American people expect some sharp elbows in a campaign, i think what really discourages them, post-campaign, is the inability to govern in a way that is congenial.

  5. Gilbert Keith Chesterton:

    Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.

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  • متجانس روحا وطبعاArabic
  • бли́зък, подходя́щ, благоприя́тен, схо́ден, прия́тенBulgarian
  • přátelskýCzech
  • angebracht, wesensverwandt, harmonisierend, freundlich, passend, wesensgleich, geistesverwandt, sympathisch, gesellig, kongenial, gleichgesinntGerman
  • agradableSpanish
  • miellyttävä, mieluinen, samanhenkinen, mukava, sopivaFinnish
  • agréable, sympathiqueFrench
  • cocheintaghManx
  • 味方のJapanese
  • 맞는Korean
  • passend, geschikt, gelijkgezind, aanverwant, vriendelijkDutch
  • útil, parecido, amigávelPortuguese
  • бли́зкий, дружелю́бный, подходя́щий, ро́дственный, схо́дный, общи́тельный, прия́тный, благоприя́тныйRussian
  • kongenial, lämplig, ägnad, besläktad, sympatiskSwedish
  • پیدائشیUrdu
  • 相投Chinese

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. arbitrary
    • B. articulate
    • C. occlusive
    • D. extroversive

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