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adjective equiv·a·lent \-lənt\

Simple Definition of equivalent

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

Full Definition of equivalent

  1. 1 :  equal in force, amount, or value; also :  equal in area or volume but not superposable <a square equivalent to a triangle>

  2. 2 a :  like in signification or import b :  having logical equivalence <equivalent statements>

  3. 3 :  corresponding or virtually identical especially in effect or function

  4. 4 obsolete :  equal in might or authority

  5. 5 :  having the same chemical combining capacity <equivalent quantities of two elements>

  6. 6 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



Origin of equivalent

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

Synonym Discussion of equivalent

same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another. same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things <took the same route> <derived from the selfsame source>. very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same, may imply likeness in kind <the very point I was trying to make>. identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details <identical results>. equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance <two houses equivalent in market value>. equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality <equal shares in the business>.

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