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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.

[Probably from con- + Latin genius, the personification of one's natural inclinations; see genius.]

con·ge′ni·al′i·ty (-jē′nē-ăl′ĭ-tē), con·gen′ial·ness n.
con·gen′ial·ly adv.
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Adv.1.congenially - in a congenial manner; "`Let's all have a drink together,' he said congenially"
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For all of these reasons, and many more which he right well knows will have occurred to persons of your exceptional acuteness, he is here to submit to you that the time has arrived when, with our hearts in our glasses, with tears in our eyes, with blessings on our lips, and in a general way with a profusion of gammon and spinach in our emotional larders, we should one and all drink to our dear friends the Lammles, wishing them many years as happy as the last, and many many friends as congenially united as themselves.
Apex court directed the then Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to resolve this matter congenially with Dewan Petroleum in 30 days as per Petroleum Concession Agreement (PCA) or else the company would go into arbitration.
It can be congenially strabismus but visual deficy was developed slowly and then understood by owner.
We know Aleppo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, a vibrant metropolis where for centuries Muslims, Christians and Jews had lived congenially together.
Instead we have Tommy Lee Jones at his most cartoonishly grumpy as the unscrupulous CIA villain -- "Let's give it a shot," he says congenially when Heather has an idea, every muscle in his hangdog face screaming that the last thing he wants to do is give it a shot -- and Vincent Cassel as a ruthless assassin who belongs in a lesser movie.
I guess my business when I first started off sort of went like The Rockford Files--I'd have clients who didn't pay me," he says congenially.
If it were possible to meet them not as masters or mistresses or customers with a counter between us, but over a washtub or in the parlour casually and congenially as fellow-being with the same wishes and ends in view, a great liberation would follow, and perhaps friendship and sympathy would supervene.
When Paul sees all the statues of the gods in Athens, he is appalled; but in his sermon on the Areopagus, he swallows his indignation and congenially suggests that his audience already had a glimmering of the God he is preaching to them: After praising the Athenians for being so "religious," he says, "I found also an altar with this inscription,' To an unknown god.
In these pages, Prometheus is a superhero, muses on the role of father figures, is transposed into the domestic (and mortal) sphere, and converses congenially with the eagle; humanity writes a brief letter to Prometheus; and Rubens's entertaining bio is probably how all art history courses should be taught.
Hoimai won't reclaim his ancestral home--the functionary who took it from him at gunpoint will congenially explain to him that this act can't be undone, but, to Nguyen's dismay, he agrees to let the family live next door.
Yet while the subject matter is new, the book illustrates that in war, Roosevelt was congenially ruthless.
As an implicit corollary, it signifies an association which congenially escapes the ambush of marital obligations impeded by the law.