Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) the atomic weight of an element that has the same combining capacity as a given weight of another element; the standard is 8 for oxygen
  2. (noun, cognition) a person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc
  3. (adj, all) being essentially equal to something
    a wish that was equivalent to a command
    his statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt

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Origin of the word Equivalent

  1. mid-15c., from L.L. aequivalentem (nom. aequivalens) "equivalent," pp. of aequivalere "be equivalent," from L. aequus "equal" + valere "be well, be worth" (see valiant). more

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Words that sound like Equivalent

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