Definition of concordance in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈkôrdns/


1An alphabetical list of the words (especially the important ones) present in a text, usually with citations of the passages concerned: a concordance to the Bible
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  • It is particularly favoured as an invariant series by which information can be organized in catalogues, concordances, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, indexes, and the like.
  • In the 20th century Oxford produced computer-generated concordances to the early texts of individual plays under the supervision of T. Howard-Hill.
  • It is just as easy to access dictionaries, concordances and lexicons, the program having simultaneously located all references to your passage in the books included in your search.
2 formal Agreement: the concordance between the teams' research results
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  • The concordance between the earlier physiological study and present morphometric investigation is reassuring, given the number of assumptions of the latter.
  • Many of the exercises, however, require both partners' presence, and this will, obviously, increase the concordance of both partners' reports.
  • Such comparative analyses can provide important information about the concordance of genomic, functional, and evolutionary classifications.
2.1 Medicine The inheritance by two related individuals (especially twins) of the same genetic characteristic, such as susceptibility to a disease.
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  • But it is well recognised that twin concordances may be misleading unless the underlying prevalence of a disease is taken into account.
  • In contrast, for those who developed the disease earlier than age 50, further data analysis disclosed there was greater genetic concordance in the MZ twins.
  • In 1977, Folstein and Rutter published the first twin study in autism and showed that the concordance rate in identical twins was very much higher than in non-identical twins.


[with object] (often as adjective concordanced)
Make a concordance of: the value of concordanced information
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  • In COMPUTING, a comparable list of the words in a text or CORPUS of texts, created by means of a concordancing program.
  • Longman Mini Concordancer asks automatically for word or phrase to concordance.
  • Heuristics can enable one to concordance. even a large corpus.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin concordantia, from concordant- 'being of one mind' (see concordant).

Words that rhyme with concordance

accordance, discordance

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Syllabification: con·cord·ance

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