[kawr-uh-spon-duhns, kor-]
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  1. communication by exchange of letters.
  2. a letter or letters that pass between correspondents: It will take me all day to answer this business correspondence.
  3. Also correspondency. an instance of corresponding.
  4. similarity or analogy.
  5. agreement; conformity.
  6. news, commentary, letters, etc., received from a newspaper or magazine correspondent.
  7. Mathematics. function(def 4a).

Origin of correspondence

1375–1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin corrēspondentia. See correspondent, -ence
Related formsnon·cor·res·pond·ence, nounpre·cor·re·spond·ence, noun

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Historical Examples of correspondence

  • When you see them, you will observe how he endeavours to hold me to this correspondence.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Have you the least doubt about what must be the issue of this correspondence, if continued?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Would I declare, that I would still honour him with my correspondence?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The language, the style, the tone of the correspondence is the same.

  • The correspondence produced a meeting, and the meeting a visit from Ned to the editor.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for correspondence


  1. the act or condition of agreeing or corresponding
  2. similarity or analogy
  3. agreement or conformity
    1. communication by the exchange of letters
    2. the letters so exchanged
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Word Origin and History for correspondence

early 15c., "harmony, agreement," from Medieval Latin correspondentia, from correspondentem (nominative correspondens), present participle of correspondere (see correspond). Sense of "communication by letters" is first attested 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

correspondence in Medicine


  1. A relationship between corresponding points on each retina such that stimulation produces a single image.
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