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 After one year, he was persuaded by his instructor to quit, take a high school equivalency exam, and enroll in college. BostonGlobe.com, "His death was confirmed by his son Craig.," 19 Dec. 2019 Experts say, though, that drawing parallels to auto, banking and insurance bailouts during and after the Great Recession is a false equivalency to what the world is facing today. NBC News, "Bailouts might not be popular, but there is no Plan B for a pandemic," 18 Mar. 2020 Project Learn of Summit County, $19,000 to support high school equivalency and college and career preparation courses for adults without diplomas in West Akron. Megan Becka, cleveland, "Akron Community Foundation announces nearly $3.6 million in grants," 6 Mar. 2020 The total impact is broader: The Des Moines tourism bureau estimated that national media coverage gave the region $228 million in advertising value equivalency in 2019, not counting the final month before the contest. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "States Eye Economic Windfall of Replacing Iowa as First Contest," 7 Feb. 2020 The President has made little or no effort to contest the basic facts, resorting mostly to name calling, false equivalency, distraction and distortion. Time, "If the Senate Doesn't Hold Trump Accountable, the Damage Will Go Far Beyond This Presidency," 29 Jan. 2020 All but two completed the program, and all but one, who later earned a GED high school equivalency certificate, graduated from high school. Heather E. Mooney, The Conversation, "Why it’s unclear whether private programs for ‘troubled teens’ are working," 27 Jan. 2020 The new program in New Mexico would be open to recent graduates of high schools or high school equivalency programs in the state, and students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average. New York Times, "New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents," 18 Sep. 2019 In essence, there has to be a statutory equivalency. CBS News, "Transcript: Carl Ghattas talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 13 Nov. 2019

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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 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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