noun equiv·a·lence \i-ˈkwiv-lən(t)s, -ˈkwi-və-\

: the quality or state of being alike : the quality or state of having the same value, function, meaning, etc.

Full Definition of EQUIVALENCE

a :  the state or property of being equivalent
b :  the relation holding between two statements if they are either both true or both false so that to affirm one and to deny the other would result in a contradiction
:  a presentation of terms as equivalent
:  equality in metrical value of a regular foot and one in which there are substitutions


  1. the equivalence of the two propositions
  2. <moviegoers who mistakenly believe that there is an equivalence between the personality of an actor and that of his character>

First Known Use of EQUIVALENCE

circa 1541


noun equiv·a·lence \i-ˈkwiv(-ə)-lən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EQUIVALENCE

:  the state or property of being equivalent
May 23, 2015
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to emerge or cause to emerge
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