co·​equal | \(ˌ)kō-ˈē-kwəl \

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 \ noun
coequally \ (ˌ)kō-​ˈē-​kwə-​lē \ 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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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 The framers intended for the federal judiciary to be coequal to its political counterparts, serving as an indispensable check against an encroaching federal government. WSJ, "Deadly Gerrymanders’ Threat to Democracy," 12 Oct. 2017 The Framers of our Constitution made the Congress and the President coequal branches of government. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump stumbles are undercutting executive power, which may be healthy for America long-term," 3 Aug. 2017 But Congress, as a coequal branch, also has the responsibility to investigate allegations of wrongdoing. Eric Posner And Emily Bazelon, New York Times, "Will the Presidency Survive This President?," 20 May 2017

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First Known Use of coequal

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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: equal with each other

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