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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

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Late Latin aequivalent- (stem of aequivalēns ), present participle of aequivalēre. See equi-, -valent

synonym study for equivalent

1. See equal.

OTHER WORDS FROM equivalent

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH equivalent

equivalent , equivocal
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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
  1. having a particular property in common; equal
  2. (of two equations or inequalities) having the same set of solutions
  3. (of two sets) having the same cardinal number
maths logic (of two propositions) having an equivalence between them
noun
something that is equivalent

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for equivalent

equivalent
[ ĭ-kwĭvə-lənt ]

adj.
Equal, as in value, force, or meaning.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for equivalent

equivalent
[ ĭ-kwĭvə-lənt ]

Equal, as in value, meaning, or force.
  1. Of or relating to a relation between two elements that is reflexive, symmetric, and transitive.
  2. Having a one-to-one correspondence, as between parts. Two triangles having the same area are equivalent, as are two congruent geometric figures.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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