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
Recent Examples on the Web The Constitution created three coequal branches of government and a separation of powers between them. WSJ, "The Supreme Court Should Resist All Efforts to Pack It," 1 Oct. 2020 Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, said the decision ignored the constitutional balance of power between the three coequal branches of government. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds governor’s disaster declaration," 2 July 2020 The three coequal chiefs of the army, navy and air force have battled it out ever since, often quite heatedly. The Economist, "A major modern general India’s armed forces get their biggest shake-up in decades," 18 Jan. 2020 The counterweight to this arrangement isn’t a coequal branch of government but unceasing litigation by the opposition party and its ideological allies. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Decade of Legal Warfare Has Warped America’s Future," 30 Dec. 2019 Only the impartial judgment of the third coequal branch of government can cure the system and both parties of this potentially terminal illness of degrading impeachment into a parliamentary non-confidence motion. Conrad Black, National Review, "An Impeachment Role for the Supreme Court?," 18 Dec. 2019 His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our Constitution: a separation of powers, three coequal branches, each a check and balance on the other., "The following is the text of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s," 5 Dec. 2019 On the other side of the war, Catra is now almost coequal with Hordak (Keston John) as the leaders of the Horde. Christian Holub,, "She-Ra cast and creator tease new roles for Glimmer, Catra in season 4," 6 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of coequal

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Coequal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of coequal

formal : equal with each other

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