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

Definition of coequal

: equal with one another coequal branches of government

Other Words from coequal

coequal noun
coequality \ ˌkō-​ē-​ˈkwä-​lə-​tē How to pronounce coequal (audio) \ noun
coequally \ (ˌ)kō-​ˈē-​kwə-​lē How to pronounce coequal (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
Recent Examples on the Web For example, if two states, acting as coequal sovereigns, have independently arrived at different policy decisions, and if each seeks to counter the unwelcome policy influence of the other, which side has set the controversy in motion? Matthew Scully, National Review, 11 July 2022 Those letters were milder and blamed state lawmakers, not a coequal branch of government. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 2 July 2022 Its long-serving director Philippe de Montebello started out in 1977 reporting to the president, William Macomber, and later became coequal with William H. Luers, who became president of the museum in 1986 after a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. New York Times, 28 June 2022 Other provisions would intrude into states’ efforts to ensure the integrity of elections—such a fundamental aspect of sovereignty that erasing it extinguishes states’ status as coequal sovereigns. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Jason Snead, WSJ, 3 June 2021 The Supreme Court sits atop one of three coequal branches of the federal government. Damon Linker, The Week, 27 Jan. 2022 What Taeuber-Arp saw was that abstract forms could serve as coequal elements in a single creative system. New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021 Together, the two episodes on either side of the Capitol call into question two basic principles of the American system -- the capacity of a separate coequal branch of government to constrain the presidency and the right to suffrage. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 The revelations set off outrage among Democrats in Congress, who accused the Trump administration of targeting its political opponents and violating the separation of powers that governs relations between coequal branches of government. Byron Tau, WSJ, 11 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of coequal

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jul 2022

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“Coequal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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