equiv·​a·​len·​cy | \ i-ˈkwiv-lən(t)-sē How to pronounce equivalency (audio) , -ˈkwi-və- \
plural equivalencies

Definition of equivalency

2 : a level of achievement equivalent to completion of an educational or training program a high school equivalency certificate

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Examples of equivalency in a Sentence

as long as there's a rough equivalency in the armaments of the two countries, neither is likely to attack the other
Recent Examples on the Web Every tepid statement uttered by the Biden-Harris administration is built on a false equivalency between Israel and Hamas. Mike Pence, National Review, 17 May 2021 In the meantime, Pyongyang will likely continue its three decade-long effort to nuclearize its way to prestige and equivalency, with the United States through mutual nuclear deterrence. Scott Snyder, Forbes, 18 May 2021 In Englewood, about 60 percent of the residents have a high school diploma or equivalency or less, and 57 percent of households earn less than $25,000 a year. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Unlike cryptocurrencies, such as ether and Bitcoin, NFTs cannot be traded or exchanged at equivalency. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 20 May 2021 As part of the nationwide YouthBuild program, Just-A-Start helps young people develop trade skills while working toward their high school equivalency degree. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Apr. 2021 With a high school equivalency certificate, a whole range of new job opportunities would open up—ones that paid better than $5 per hour and wouldn’t leave her clothes smelling like fried food. Longreads, 6 Apr. 2021 Those emissions have the same annual climate warming impact as 671,000 automobiles, according to the EPA’s greenhouse gas equivalency calculator, which is based on a national average for annual vehicle miles traveled. Phil Mckenna And James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, 5 Apr. 2021 Students can also live in Poway and be enrolled in the equivalency of a homeschool setting. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of equivalency

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Equivalency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equivalency. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of equivalency

chiefly US : a level of achievement that is considered to be on the same level as finishing a course of study


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plural equivalencies

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