- The definition of equal is someone or something with the same quantity or value, or someone having the same rights as another.
- An example of equal is one cup being the same as eight ounces.
- An example of equal is women getting the same pay as men for the same work.
Two spheres of equal weight.
- of the same quantity, size, number, value, degree, intensity, quality, etc.
- having the same rights, privileges, ability, rank, etc.
- evenly proportioned; balanced or uniform in effect or operation
- having the necessary ability, strength, power, capacity, or courage: with to: equal to the challenge
- Archaic fair; just; impartial
- Archaic smooth and flat; level
- Archaic equable
Origin of equalMiddle English ; from Classical Latin aequalis, equal ; from aequus, level, even, flat
- Having the same quantity, measure, or value as another.
- Mathematics Being the same or identical to in value.
- a. Having the same privileges, status, or rights: citizens equal before the law.b. Being the same for all members of a group: gave every player an equal chance to win.
- a. Having the requisite qualities, such as strength or ability, for a task or situation: “Elizabeth found herself quite equal to the scene” (Jane Austen).b. Similar to or the same as another, as in ability: As the playoffs began, the teams were considered roughly equal.
transitive verbe·qualed, e·qual·ing, e·quals or e·qualled or e·qual·ling
- To be equal to, especially in value.
- To do, make, or produce something equal to: equaled the world record in the mile run.
Origin of equalMiddle English, from Latin aequālis, from aequus, even, level.
- (law) Abbreviation of equality.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Case Names and Institutional Authors in Citations", Table T6, p. 430-431.
(comparative more equal, superlative most equal)
- (not comparable) The same in all respects.
- Equal conditions should produce equal results.
- (mathematics, not comparable) Exactly identical, having the same value.
- All right angles are equal.
- Bible, Ezekiel xviii. 29
- Are not my ways equal?
- Thee, O Jove, no equal judge I deem.
- (comparable) Adequate; sufficiently capable or qualified.
- This test is pretty tough, but I think I'm equal to it.
- (music) Intended for voices of one kind only, either all male or all female; not mixed.
- In mathematics, this adjective can be used in phrases like "A and B are equal", "A is equal to B", and, less commonly, "A is equal with B".
- A person or thing of equal status to others.
- We're all equals here.
- This beer has no equal.
From Latin aequālis.