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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: con- + genius + -al


1 pleasant in a way that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed
congenial atmosphere/surroundings/environment
The department provides a congenial atmosphere for research.
Frank was a very congenial colleague.
congenial to
The summers out here are not congenial to the average North European.
2 suitable for something:
Compost provides congenial conditions for roots to develop.
congeniality noun [uncountable]

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