I'm looking for an expression similar to be consistent with, when reporting studies which have the same results, such as:

The results of X's research consist with / are consistent with Y's findings.

Alternatives such as do not contradict or agree with do not fit the context, which is formal, and do not contradict somehow changes the meaning.

There's nothing wrong with be consistent with, but sometimes I need to write such an expression in an article 10 times; its language must not be the same everywhere.

How about are parallel with? Does it convey the same meaning?

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    Or indeed with accord with (or, I presume, in accordance with)? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 20 '14 at 13:53
  • As an alternative, consider using: agree with or are compatible to – Gary's Student Jul 20 '14 at 13:59
  • The usage X is consistent with Y is a relatively "weak" assertion compared to, say, X implies Y, or X corroborates Y. I'm not sure there are any common alternative one-word substitutions that suggest the finding X might be seen as supporting (existing) theory Y, while carefully avoiding actually stating that (at the literal level, to be consistent with a theory really just means does not contradict). – FumbleFingers Jul 20 '14 at 14:28
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    @user85588 Perhaps you misunderstand. Native (and other fluent) speakers certainly post questions here, given that ELU’s mission statement as an SE site is that it “is for linguists, etymologists, and (serious) English language enthusiasts”. If you are only just learning English, you should probably consider paying our sister-site for English Language Learners a visit. – tchrist Jul 20 '14 at 20:15

I think these should work:

The results of X's research are correspondent with Y's findings.
The results of X's research concur with Y's findings.

The results of X's research are in agreement with Y's findings.
The results of X's research match Y's findings.

Maybe they are even equivalent to Y's findings.

The results of X's research comply with Y's findings.


Some alternatives you may consider:

  • The results of X's research agree with Y's findings.

  • The results of X's research are compatible with Y's findings.

  • The results of X's research do not contradict Y's findings.


to confirm, to validate: The results of X's research validate Y's findings.

validate (v.) to support or corroborate on a sound or authoritative basis. e.g., X's experiments validated Y's hypothesis.


Consider mesh, “To fit in, to come together. [eg] The music meshed well with the visuals in that film.”

Litotes sometimes is used, as in (eg) “The result was not inconsistent with...”. Note that although not inconsistent is not quite synonymous with consistent, it is not inconsistent with it.

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