Definition of equivalence
1a : the state or property of being equivalentb : 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
the equivalence of the two propositions
moviegoers who mistakenly believe that there is an equivalence between the personality of an actor and that of his character
Recent Examples of equivalence from the Web
Analogy is a game without rules that any number can play—including those historians who have more taste for digging up equivalences than understanding complex historical processes.
Colliders get their mojo from Einstein’s equivalence of mass and energy.
Another issue is regulatory equivalence, negotiated between national regulators and ESMA.
The left ought to be concerned about this trend, but some have gone so far as to apply a false equivalence to conspiracy-mongering.
This moral equivalence between aggressor and victim would have been laughable if the circumstances hadn't been so tragic.
Alternative facts are not facts, and false equivalences are not equivalent.
In an interview that aired Sunday on Fox, Mr. Trump appeared to draw an equivalence between President Vladimir Putin and the...
In Beijing, during her husband’s Administration, Hillary Clinton had asserted the equivalence of women’s rights and human rights—an assertive, brave act, considering her audience.
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EQUIVALENCE Defined for English Language Learners
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.
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