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 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 Michel technically outranks von der Leyen in diplomatic protocol, but the two leaders typically receive coequal billing in meetings. Washington Post, "Ursula von der Leyen, one of the most powerful women in Europe, says she still faces sexism," 26 Apr. 2021 Kelly said that the General Assembly needs to become a coequal branch of government, and the state Capitol needs to be reopened after being closed to the general public for more than one year. Christopher Keating,, "Connecticut GOP clashes with Democrats over extending Gov. Ned Lamont’s COVID-19 emergency powers," 23 Mar. 2021 The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high Crimes and Misdemeanors. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, "Here are the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump," 13 Feb. 2021 Both of these coequal branches of government guard their powers jealously, and typically do not respond kindly to any breaches of those boundaries, perceived or otherwise. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s new governor will face immediate challenges, reaches out to state lawmakers," 29 Nov. 2020 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

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First Known Use of coequal

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Coequal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of coequal

formal : equal with each other

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