consilience 1840, "concurrence, coincidence," lit. "a jumping together," formed on model of resilience from L. consilient-, from com- "together" (see COM- (Cf. com-)) + salire "to leap" (see SALIENT (Cf. salient)).

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  • consilience — con·sil·ience …   English syllables

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