Meaning of EQUIVALENT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ -lənt ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin aequivalent-, aequivalens, present participle of aequivalēre to have equal power, from Latin aequi- + valēre to be strong — more at wield

Date: 15th century

1. : equal in force, amount, or value ; also : equal in area or volume but not superposable

a square equivalent to a triangle


a. : like in signification or import

b. : having logical equivalence

equivalent statements

3. : corresponding or virtually identical especially in effect or function

4. obsolete : equal in might or authority

5. : having the same chemical combining capacity

equivalent quantities of two elements


a. : having the same solution set

equivalent equations

b. : capable of being placed in one-to-one correspondence

equivalent sets

c. : related by an equivalence relation

Synonyms: see same

• equivalent noun

• equiv·a·lent·ly adverb

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