equivalent equivalent  /ɪ ˈkwɪ və lənt/


  1. (n) a person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc
  2. (n) 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
  3. (adj) being essentially equal to something


  1. Also involved in the case was Israel's CIA equivalent, known as Mossad.
  2. The result was a truly crap-tastic little vehicle, the four-wheel equivalent to those Briggs-and-Stratton powered minibikes.
  3. If that happens, Merkel will have become a German equivalent of Britain's Lady Margaret Thatcherdifferent in style yet comparable in results.


  1. Here’s the Real Crisis in Australia

    Australia (AUNAGDPC) has been called many things: Oz; the land Down Under; the lucky country. But the equivalent of a collateralized-debt obligation? Canberra can’t be happy to hear its AAA-rated economy likened to one of the reviled investment vehicles that blew up amid the 2008 global crisis.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  2. Military court overturns Marine's Iraq murder conviction

    The military's equivalent of the Supreme Court overturned the conviction Wednesday of a Marine found guilty of murdering a civilian during the Iraq war, saying he was interrogated after asking for a lawyer.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: CNN

  3. Middletown School Board Eliminates Vacant Positions

    MIDDLETOWN — The school board has finalized its 2013-14 budget, eliminating the equivalent of 5.4 vacant teaching positions and 7.5 vacant noncertified positions.        
    on June 27, 2013     Source: Hartford Courant


  1. "Now, Russia has, as the chairman said, issued a unilateral statement expressing its view. But that is not an agreed-upon view. That is not in the treaty," Clinton said. "It's the equivalent of a press release. And we are not in any way bound...
    on Jun 18, 2010 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

  2. McCain, an Arizona senator who backed the measure, called their opposition to the spending bill "the equivalent of waving a white flag to al-Qaida."
    on May 25, 2007 By: John McCain Source: Washington Post

  3. "This very virulent form of spam is the online equivalent of breaking into a home, stealing address books, and sending phony mail to all of an individual's personal contacts. We would never accept this behavior in the real world, and we cannot...
    on Jul 10, 2009 By: Andrew Cuomo Source: ChannelWeb

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