- The definition of equivalent is something that is essentially the same or equal to something else.
An example of equivalent is (2+2) and the number 4. Since 2+2= 4, these two things are equivalent.
equivalent definition by Webster's New World
- equal in quantity, value, force, meaning, etc.
- Chem. having the same valence
- Geom. equal in area, volume, etc., but not of the same shape
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Late Latin aequivalens, present participle of aequivalere, to have equal power: see equi- and amp; value
- an equivalent thing
- the quantity by weight (of a substance) that combines with 8 grams of oxygen or 1.008 grams of hydrogen
- the weight obtained by dividing the atomic weight by the valence
- equivalently adverb
equivalent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Equal, as in value, force, or meaning.b. Having similar or identical effects.
- Being essentially equal, all things considered: a wish that was equivalent to a command.
- Mathematics a. Capable of being put into a one-to-one relationship. Used of two sets.b. Having virtually identical or corresponding parts.c. Of or relating to corresponding elements under an equivalence relation.
- Chemistry Having the same ability to combine.
- Logic Having equivalence: equivalent propositions.
- Something that is essentially equal to another: “Prejudicing vital foreign policy considerations in order to rescue individuals finds its domestic equivalent in the inflated awards paid to … accident and malpractice victims” (Moorhead Kennedy).
- Chemistry Equivalent weight.
Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin aequivalēns, aequivalent-, present participle of aequivalēre, to have equal force : Latin aequi-, equi- + Latin valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots.
- e·quivˈa·lent·ly adverb
equivalent - Medical Definition
equivalent - Science Definition
- Equal, as in value, meaning, or force.
- a. Of or relating to a relation between two elements that is reflexive, symmetric, and transitive.b. Having a one-to-one correspondence, as between parts. Two triangles having the same area are equivalent, as are two congruent geometric figures.