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


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