# equivalent

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

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

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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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Can be confusedequivalent equivocal

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Yes, any additional current borrowing must eventually be repaid—or, equivalently, the interest on it must be paid forever.

The evil of the last days had fallen from him, and the reaction was equivalently violent.

A Mere Accident|George Moore

## British Dictionary definitions for equivalently

## equivalent

/ (ɪˈkwɪvələnt) /

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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

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something that is equivalent

short for equivalent weight

Derived Formsequivalently, 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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## Word Origin and History for equivalently

## equivalent

early 15c., from Middle French equivalent and directly from Late Latin aequivalentem (nominative aequivalens) "equivalent," present participle of aequivalere "be equivalent," from Latin aequus "equal" (see equal) + valere "be well, be worth" (see valiant). As a noun from c.1500.

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## Medicine definitions for equivalently

## equivalent

[ ĭ-kwĭv′ə-lənt ]

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Equal, as in value, force, or meaning.

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## Science definitions for equivalently

## 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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