Equivalent Definition

ĭ-kwĭvə-lənt
equivalents
adjective
Equal in quantity, value, force, meaning, etc.
Webster's New World
Having the same valence.
Webster's New World
Having similar or identical effects.
American Heritage
Equal in area, volume, etc., but not of the same shape.
Webster's New World
Being essentially equal, all things considered.
A wish that was equivalent to a command.
American Heritage
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noun
equivalents
Anything that is virtually equal to something else, or has the same value, force, etc.
Wiktionary
Something that is essentially equal to another.
American Heritage
An equivalent thing.
Webster's New World
The quantity by weight (of a substance) that combines with 8 grams of oxygen or 1.008 grams of hydrogen.
Webster's New World
Something that is essentially equal to another.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
difference
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verb

To make equivalent to; to equal.

Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Equivalent

Noun

Singular:
equivalent
Plural:
equivalents

Origin of Equivalent

  • Middle English from Late Latin aequivalēns aequivalent- present participle of aequivalēre to have equal force Latin aequi- equi- Latin valēre to be strong wal- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Late Latin aequivalēns aequivalent- present participle of aequivalēre to have equal force Latin aequi- equi- Latin valēre to be strong wal- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • equi- +‎ -valent. From Latin aequivalentem, accusative singular of aequivalēns, present active participle of aequivaleō (“I am equivalent, have equal power”).

    From Wiktionary

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