equivalent

adjective
equiv·​a·​lent | \ i-ˈkwiv-lənt How to pronounce equivalent (audio) , -ˈkwi-və- \

Definition of equivalent

1 : equal in force, amount, or value also : equal in area or volume but not superposable a square equivalent to a triangle
2a : like in signification or import
b : having logical equivalence equivalent statements
3 : corresponding or virtually identical especially in effect or function
4 obsolete : equal in might or authority
5 : having the same chemical combining capacity equivalent quantities of two elements
6a : having the same solution set equivalent equations
b : capable of being placed in one-to-one correspondence equivalent sets
c : related by an equivalence relation

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Other Words from equivalent

equivalent noun
equivalently adverb

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same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another. same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things. took the same route derived from the selfsame source very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same may imply likeness in kind. the very point I was trying to make identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details. identical results equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance. two houses equivalent in market value equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality. equal shares in the business

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Modern democracies have institutions and offices that are roughly equivalent to those found in others: the president of the United States has his British equivalent in the prime minister, for instance, and the U.S. Congress finds its equivalent in the British Parliament. The heavily armored knight on his great armored horse has been called the Middle Ages' equivalent of the army tank. In none of these examples are the two things identical to each other; they're simply very similar in their effect or purpose or nature, which is what equivalence usually implies.

Examples of equivalent in a Sentence

Those less-known companies manufacture equivalent products at cheaper prices. I haven't taken English 202, but I took an equivalent course at another university. an equivalent amount of money
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Recent Examples on the Web As of Monday, Donda is already pacing to move 300,000 album-equivalent units or more in its opening week, HITS Daily Double reports. Bryan Rolli, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 The transportation sector accounted for 29 percent of the roughly 6.6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions produced by the United States in 2019, according to EPA data. Corbin Hiar, Scientific American, 25 Aug. 2021 Clackamas County, for example, needed 63 full-time-equivalent workers. oregonlive, 13 Aug. 2021 The Voice of the Heroes, which returned Baby to No. 1 with 150,000 album-equivalent units in its debut week, according to MRC Data. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 5 Aug. 2021 These simulators, shaped like a human head, are tuned to release virus-equivalent particles and nonvirus particles at realistic rates. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 July 2021 For one, athletes participating in Division I men's and women's basketball and the Football Bowl Subdivision will be allowed to receive benefits that include cash or cash-equivalent awards based on academics or graduation. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 21 June 2021 Despite looking no thicker than the rest of its modern-day peers, the Leitz Phone 1 comes equipped with a 20-megapiexel, 1-inch sensor—currently the biggest on the market—and a 19mm-equivalent f/1.9 ultrawide lens. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 19 June 2021 As of 2010, Exxon’s goal was to grow oil-equivalent production by 2%-3% a year. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of equivalent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for equivalent

Middle English, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin aequivalent-, aequivalens, present participle of aequivalēre to have equal power, from Latin aequi- + valēre to be strong — more at wield

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The first known use of equivalent was in the 15th century

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“Equivalent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equivalent. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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equivalent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of equivalent

: having the same value, use, meaning, etc.

equivalent

adjective
equiv·​a·​lent | \ i-ˈkwi-və-lənt How to pronounce equivalent (audio) \

Kids Definition of equivalent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: alike or equal in number, value, or meaning

equivalent

noun

Kids Definition of equivalent (Entry 2 of 2)

: something like or equal to something else in number, value, or meaning "And I figure that dog is the equivalent of a person and a half."— Judy Blume, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

equivalent

adjective
equiv·​a·​lent | \ -lənt How to pronounce equivalent (audio) \

Medical Definition of equivalent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : corresponding or virtually identical especially in effect or function drugs that are therapeutically equivalent
2 : having the same chemical combining capacity equivalent quantities of two elements

equivalent

noun

Medical Definition of equivalent (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the relative weight of an element that has the same combining capacity as a given weight of another element : the atomic weight divided by the valence
b : the relative weight of a radical or compound that combines with a given weight of an element, radical, or compound especially : the weight of a compound that reacts with one equivalent of a given chemical element
2 : a psychopathological symptom replacing the usual one in a given disorder a twilight state may be an epileptic equivalent

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equivalent

noun
eq·​uiv·​a·​lent

Legal Definition of equivalent

: something that performs substantially the same function as another thing in substantially the same way — compare aggregation, combination, invention

Note: Under patent law, a patentee may bring a claim for infringement against the inventor of an equivalent.

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