equivalence

noun equiv·a·lence \ i-ˈkwiv-lən(t)s , -ˈkwi-və- \

Definition of equivalence

1 a :the state or property of being equivalent
b :the relation holding between two statements if they are either both true or both false so that to affirm one and to deny the other would result in a contradiction
2 :a presentation of terms as equivalent
3 :equality in metrical value of a regular foot and one in which there are substitutions

Examples of equivalence in a Sentence

  1. the equivalence of the two propositions

  2. moviegoers who mistakenly believe that there is an equivalence between the personality of an actor and that of his character

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First Known Use of equivalence

circa 1541


EQUIVALENCE Defined for English Language Learners

equivalence

noun

Definition of equivalence for English Language Learners

  • : the quality or state of being alike : the quality or state of having the same value, function, meaning, etc.


Medical Dictionary

equivalence

noun equiv·a·lence \ i-ˈkwiv(-ə)-lən(t)s \

medical Definition of equivalence

:the state or property of being equivalent


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