adjective equiv·a·lent \-lənt\

: having the same value, use, meaning, etc.

Full Definition of EQUIVALENT

:  equal in force, amount, or value; also :  equal in area or volume but not superposable <a square equivalent to a triangle>
a :  like in signification or import
b :  having logical equivalence <equivalent statements>
:  corresponding or virtually identical especially in effect or function
obsolete :  equal in might or authority
:  having the same chemical combining capacity <equivalent quantities of two elements>
a :  having the same solution set <equivalent equations>
b :  capable of being placed in one-to-one correspondence <equivalent sets>
c :  related by an equivalence relation
equivalent noun
equiv·a·lent·ly adverb

Examples of EQUIVALENT

  1. Those less-known companies manufacture equivalent products at cheaper prices.
  2. I haven't taken English 202, but I took an equivalent course at another university.
  3. an equivalent amount of money


Middle English, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin aequivalent-, aequivalens, present participle of aequivalēre to have equal power, from Latin aequi- + valēre to be strong — more at wield
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

Rhymes with EQUIVALENT

May 23, 2015
debouch Hear it
to emerge or cause to emerge
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