[kawr-uh-spon-duhns, kor-]
  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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British Dictionary definitions for non-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 non-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.

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non-correspondence in Medicine


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