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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]:
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote by De Quincey and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Analogous tendencies in arts and manners.
    • (Can we date this quote by J. H. Newman and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Decay of public spirit, which may be considered analogous to natural death.
  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, 2001–2020.
  2. ^ analogous” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.