[ih-kwiv-uh-luh nt or for 5, ee-kwuh-vey-luh nt]
- equal in value, measure, force, effect, significance, etc.: His silence is equivalent to an admission of guilt.
- corresponding in position, function, etc.: In some ways their prime minister is equivalent to our president.
- Geometry. having the same extent, as a triangle and a square of equal area.
- Mathematics. (of two sets) able to be placed in one-to-one correspondence.
- Chemistry. having the same capacity to combine or react chemically.
- something that is equivalent.
Origin of equivalent
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1. See equal.
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There is no good English equivalent for Soto's title of Adelantado.The Trail Book
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- equal or interchangeable in value, quantity, significance, etc
- having the same or a similar effect or meaning
- having a particular property in common; equal
- (of two equations or inequalities) having the same set of solutions
- (of two sets) having the same cardinal number
- maths logic (of two propositions) having an equivalence between them
- something that is equivalent
- short for equivalent weight
C15: from Late Latin aequivalēns, from aequivalēre to be equally significant, from Latin aequi- equi- + valēre to be worth
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Word Origin and History for equivalent
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Equal, as in value, force, or meaning.
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- Equal, as in value, meaning, or force.
- Of or relating to a relation between two elements that is reflexive, symmetric, and transitive.
- Having a one-to-one correspondence, as between parts. Two triangles having the same area are equivalent, as are two congruent geometric figures.
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