Meaning of equivalent

e•quiv•a•lent

Pronunciation: (i-kwiv'u-lunt or, for 5, ē"kwu-vā'lunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. equal in value, measure, force, effect, significance, etc.: His silence is equivalent to an admission of guilt.
  2. corresponding in position, function, etc.: In some ways their prime minister is equivalent to our president.
  3. having the same extent, as a triangle and a square of equal area.
  4. (of two sets) able to be placed in one-to-one correspondence.
  5. having the same capacity to combine or react chemically.
—n.
  1. something that is equivalent.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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