equiv·a·len·cy | \i-ˈkwiv-lən(t)-sē, -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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as long as there's a rough equivalency in the armaments of the two countries, neither is likely to attack the other

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At the Tallahassee facility, the number of inmates earning high school equivalency credentials dropped by nearly 60 percent from fiscal year 2016 to 2017, according to bureau documents, mirroring a decline in prisons across the country. New York Times, "Safety Concerns Grow as Inmates Are Guarded by Teachers and Secretaries," 17 June 2018 After Oregon, at 20, Keyes took a high school equivalency test and joined the Army. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Unsealed interviews detail two lives of Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes," 10 July 2012 The two-year program hires, trains and mentors sometimes-troubled individuals seeking credentials in building maintenance as well as their high school equivalency certificates. Susan Stocker, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Rehab at historic New River Inn helps apprentices rebuild their lives," 8 June 2018 Using tolerance itself as a basis to countenance the spread of limitations on that tolerance amounts to a flawed equivalency in this case, a rhetorical snake choking on its tail. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 6 Recap - 12 Haunting Moments From 'First Blood'," 23 May 2018 Without those samples, generic drug makers cannot perform bio-equivalency testing necessary for regulatory approval. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "FDA has named names of pharma companies blocking cheaper generics [Updated]," 17 May 2018 CoreCivic says about 10,000 people in its facilities have obtained high school equivalency diplomas in the past five years, reflecting the company’s efforts to improve the ability of inmates to re-enter society. Timothy Williams And Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times, "Escapes, Riots and Beatings. But States Can’t Seem to Ditch Private Prisons.," 10 Apr. 2018 In a number of states, including Louisiana, adult education — which ranges from basic literacy to vocational training to high-school equivalency testing — is lumped with technical and community colleges, separate from the K-12 system. The Hechinger Report, NOLA.com, "High schools in New Orleans try a new way to keep at-risk kids from dropping out," 5 Mar. 2018 Baseball is an equivalency sport, meaning it is awarded the equivalent of a certain number of scholarships each season. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "After years of struggle, IU transforms itself into a baseball powerhouse," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of equivalency

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of equivalency

: 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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