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congenial adj
1 suitable to your needs or similar to your nature; "a congenial atmosphere to work in"; "two congenial spirits mutual confidence and reciprocal virtues"- T.L.Peacock [syn: agreeable] [ant: uncongenial]
2 used of plants; capable of cross-fertilization or of being grafted

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  1. having the same or very similar nature, personality, tastes, habits or interests
  2. friendly or sociable
    The congenial bartender makes the Hog’s Head an inviting place to hang out during the weekends.
  3. suitable to one's needs
    • 1961: J. A. Philip. Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato. In: Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association 92. p. 453--468.
      ''What was it that made this notion of mimesis, in spite of its inherent difficulties that only the dialectical method enables him to avoid, seem so useful and congenial to Plato?


have the same nature
  • Portuguese: amigável
suitable to one's needs
  • Portuguese: útil

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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