equiv·​a·​len·​cy i-ˈkwi-və-lən(t)-sē How to pronounce equivalency (audio)
plural equivalencies
: a level of achievement equivalent to completion of an educational or training program
a high school equivalency certificate

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 The new building will be approximately 20,500 square feet and have a LEED gold equivalency certification, which is a symbol of sustainability achievement. Stephanie Lam, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Plus, rent and home prices don’t always move in sync, and so this can create a false equivalency. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 12 Mar. 2024 In 2002 Lim, then 24, enrolled in San Diego Job Corps and earned a GED high school equivalency. Jan Goldsmith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2024 There’s no equivalency here in asking for the American people to decide at the ballot box. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024 This disingenuous biopic is symptomatic of our era’s convenient reliance on moral equivalency. Armond White, National Review, 22 Dec. 2023 McCarthy calls for formal impeachment inquiry into Biden amid pressure from conservatives In its letter Wednesday, the White House will ask news organizations to be more clear-eyed in their coverage of the impeachment inquiry, and not to fall prey to the traps of false equivalency in reporting. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 12 Sep. 2023 McCrae dropped out of high school and got an equivalency diploma. Wyatt Mason, New York Times, 27 July 2023 While being held at a juvenile detention center, Joshua Franklin earned his high school equivalency diploma. Serena Lin, The Arizona Republic, 7 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of equivalency was in 1535

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“Equivalency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equivalency. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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equiv·​a·​len·​cy i-ˈkwiv(-ə)-lən-sē How to pronounce equivalency (audio)
plural equivalencies

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equiv·​a·​len·​cy -lən-sē How to pronounce equivalency (audio)
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