1. Having the same tastes, habits, or temperament; sympathetic.
2. Of a pleasant disposition; friendly and sociable: a congenial host.
3. Suited to one's needs or nature; agreeable: congenial surroundings.
con·ge′ni·ali·ty (-jē′nē-ălĭ-tē), con·genial·ness n.
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