# equivalent

[ ih-kwiv-uh-luhnt or, for 5, ee-kwuh-vey-luhnt ]

/ ɪˈkwɪv ə lənt or, for 5, ˌi kwəˈveɪ lənt /

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### adjective

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.

### noun

something that is equivalent.

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## Origin of equivalent

## synonym study for equivalent

1. See equal.

## OTHER WORDS FROM equivalent

## WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH equivalent

equivalent , equivocal## Words nearby equivalent

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## British Dictionary definitions for equivalent

equivalent

/ (ɪˈkwɪvələnt) /

### adjective

equal or interchangeable in value, quantity, significance, etc

having the same or a similar effect or meaning

maths

- 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

### noun

something that is equivalent

short for equivalent weight

## Derived forms of equivalent

equivalently, adverb## Word Origin for equivalent

C15: from Late Latin aequivalēns, from aequivalēre to be equally significant, from Latin aequi- equi- + valēre to be worth

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## Medical definitions for equivalent

equivalent

[ ĭ-kwĭv′ə-lənt ]

### adj.

Equal, as in value, force, or meaning.

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## Scientific definitions for equivalent

equivalent

[ ĭ-kwĭv′ə-lənt ]

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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