The adjective congruent fits when two shapes are the same in shape and size. If you lay two congruent triangles on each other, they would match up exactly.

Congruent comes from the Latin verb congruere "to come together, correspond with." Figuratively, the word describes something that is similar in character or type. Are your actions congruent with your values? If a friend says something outrageous that you don't want to agree with but don't want to disagree with either, say that your friend's idea is congruent with what you think. That way you can agree with him but change your mind later if you have to.

Definitions of congruent
  1. adjective
    corresponding in character or kind
    synonyms: congruous
    suitable for a particular person, place, condition, etc.
    suitable and fitting
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    lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
    discrepant, inconsistent
    not in agreement
    inappropriate, incompatible, out of keeping, unfitting
    not in keeping with what is correct or proper
    lacking in harmony of parts
    ironic, ironical
    characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is
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  2. adjective
    coinciding when superimposed
    matching point for point
    identical, superposable
    coinciding exactly when superimposed
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    not congruent
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