Definition of concordance in English:


Syllabification: con·cord·ance
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) Back to top  
  • 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).

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