equiv·​a·​lence | \ i-ˈkwiv-lən(t)s How to pronounce equivalence (audio) , -ˈkwi-və- \

Definition of equivalence

1a : 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

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 on the Web But drawing any equivalence between rioters storming our Capitol to prevent the counting of electoral ballots and a cigar-chomping toy dog is a shameful and grotesque insult to the memory of everyone who died. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 21 June 2022 Fox News has seized upon the story, which led Colbert to say that anyone attempting to draw equivalence between Jan. 6 and last week's incident is shamefully insulting the memory of those who died at the Capitol. David Bauder, ajc, 21 June 2022 Livingston’s question was about equivalence between Seifert surfaces. Quanta Magazine, 16 June 2022 This distinction, between topological and smooth equivalence, doesn’t apply in three dimensions and is one of the deep mysteries of four-dimensional space — though less so now for Seifert surfaces. Quanta Magazine, 16 June 2022 This is an unnecessary attempt at balance: Is there really still a significant cohort of viewers who need such blunt equivalence in order to understand the basic humanity of the German civilian victims of the Allied air raids? Jessica Kiang, Variety, 13 June 2022 And there is no moral equivalence between Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. John Blake, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 The equity comes through a mandated 10-mill equivalence in local property tax which a local school system commits to the Foundation Program. al, 5 May 2022 Those examples are not intended to suggest any moral equivalence between those conflicts but rather how slippery the slope can get when individual athletes are punished for the actions of a government that have nothing to do with sports. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of equivalence

circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Equivalence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equivalence. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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equiv·​a·​lence | \ i-ˈkwiv(-ə)-lən(t)s How to pronounce equivalence (audio) \

Medical Definition of equivalence

: the state or property of being equivalent

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