[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
Synonyms for equivalent
1. See equal.
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Related Words for unequivalentuneven, differing, contrasting, dissimilar, distinct, diverse, various, discordant, divergent, disparate, distant, incommensurate, odd, unlike, unmatched, variable, varying, weird, unequivalent, unsimilar
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
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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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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