1. [ noun ] a person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc

: "send two dollars or the equivalent in stamps"

Related terms: cognition counterpart substitute
2. [ adjective ] equal in amount or value
Synonyms: same equal like

"like amounts" "equivalent amounts" "the same amount" "gave one six blows and the other a like number" "an equal number" "the same number"

Related terms: unlike
3. [ adjective ] essentially equal

"women are paid less than men doing equivalent work"

Related terms: equal
4. [ adjective ] being essentially equal to something
Synonyms: tantamount

"it was as good as gold" "a wish that was equivalent to a command" "his statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt"

Related terms: equal
5. [ noun ] (chemistry) 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
Synonyms: equivalent_weight combining_weight eq
Related terms: atomic_weight
Similar spelling:   equivalent_to