co·​equal | \ (ˌ)kō-ˈē-kwəl How to pronounce coequal (audio) \

Definition of coequal

: equal with one another coequal branches of government

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Other Words from coequal

coequal noun
coequality \ ˌkō-​ē-​ˈkwä-​lə-​tē How to pronounce coequality (audio) \ noun
coequally \ (ˌ)kō-​ˈē-​kwə-​lē How to pronounce coequally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of coequal in a Sentence

in my mind illegally downloading a music file is coequal to stealing a CD from a store

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When faced with competing demands from coequal branches of government, Don will follow his former client’s instruction, absent a contrary decision from the federal judiciary. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Pondering Impeachment, House Sues Don McGahn, Ex-White House Counsel, for Testimony," 7 Aug. 2019 This is completely disrespectful to us as a coequal branch of government. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "House panel OKs subpoena for Conway after she spurns hearing," 26 June 2019 Madisonian architecture infused with Newtonian genius: three separate, coequal branches locked in synchronous orbit by competing interests. Don Willett, WSJ, "Happy Constitution Day, if You Can Keep It," 16 Sep. 2018 The argument is ultimately over whether the Council is an agency under the charter, or a separate and coequal branch. J. David Goodman, New York Times, "No Friends of the Court: City Council Sues City’s Top Lawyer," 17 Apr. 2018 But critics — some in his own party — say that by not issuing a more direct warning, Mr. McConnell is undermining Congress’s standing as a coequal branch of government — and inviting Mr. Trump to act on his impulses. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, "A Man of Few Words, McConnell Tiptoes Around Issue of Mueller," 20 Mar. 2018 So instead of whingy calls for another special counsel, a Congress that behaved as a branch of government coequal to the presidency would use its own powers to force oversight on resisting federal officials. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Lois Lerner’s Last Laugh," 26 Mar. 2018 All this is to say that Nunes has a fairly revolutionary attitude towards his role as chairman of an oversight committee, and as a member of a coequal branch of government charged with checking the power of the Executive. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "Devin Nunes Has a Foolproof Plan to Fight Fake News," 12 Feb. 2018 And let Congress start acting like the coequal branch of government the Founders intended—and get to the bottom of a story that involves the legitimacy of the presidency, the 2016 election and our federal institutions. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Let Mueller Keep Digging," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of coequal

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of coequal

formal : equal with each other

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