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From Latin analogus, from Ancient Greek ᾰ̓νᾰ́λογος (análogos).[1][2]



analogous (comparative more analogous, superlative most analogous)

  1. Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion (often followed by "to".)
    • 2013 September 20, Martina Hyde, “Is the pope Catholic?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      After all, if we think of the Vatican as a vast and hugely successful multinational corporation, then this interview would appear to be the equivalent of a profits warning. At the very least, it would seem to be tinkering with the formula of the biggest spiritual brand in the world, analogous to Coca-Cola changing its famous recipe in 1985.
    • Analogous tendencies in arts and manners. --De Quincey. (Can we date this quote?)
    • Decay of public spirit, which may be considered analogous to natural death. --J. H. Newman.
  2. (biology) Functionally similar, but arising through convergent evolution rather than being homologous.


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  1. ^ analogous” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.
  2. ^ analogous” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.