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equal

adjective

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1 marked by justice, honesty, and freedom from bias
  • the basic belief that everyone is entitled to equal opportunity in employment

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2 resembling another in every respect
  • as far as I can see, except for the high price, the store-brand jacket is equal to the jacket with the designer label

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3 having the required skills for an acceptable level of performance
  • looking for someone equal to the challenge of running a large state university

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equal

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Synonyms of equal (Entry 2 of 3)

one that is equal to another in status, achievement, or value
  • a basketball player who truly has no equal in his sport

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equal

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Synonyms of equal (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to produce something equal to (as in quality or value)
  • no one has equaled Shakespeare's plays

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2 to be the same in meaning or effect
  • being confined to home for a whole weekend would equal a death sentence in the minds of a lot of teens

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3 to be the exact counterpart of
  • in the British system a public school equals an American prep school

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Frequently Asked Questions About equal

How is the word equal different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of equal are equivalent, identical, same, selfsame, and very. While all these words mean "not different or not differing from one another," equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality.

equal shares in the business

When might equivalent be a better fit than equal?

In some situations, the words equivalent and equal are roughly equivalent. However, equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance.

two houses equivalent in market value

When is identical a more appropriate choice than equal?

The synonyms identical and equal are sometimes interchangeable, but identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details.

identical results

How are the words same and selfsame related as synonyms of equal?

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

How does the word very relate to other synonyms for equal?

Very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same may imply likeness in kind.

the very point I was trying to make

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The first known use of equal was in the 14th century

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“Equal.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/equal. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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