What does equivalence mean?

Definitions for equivalence
ɪˈkwɪv ə ləns or, for 3 , ˌi kwəˈveɪ lənsequiv·a·lence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. equality, equivalence, equation, par(noun)

    a state of being essentially equal or equivalent; equally balanced

    "on a par with the best"

  2. equivalence(noun)

    essential equality and interchangeability

  3. comparison, compare, equivalence, comparability(noun)

    qualities that are comparable

    "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare"


  1. equivalence(Noun)

    The condition of being equivalent or essentially equal.

  2. equivalence(Noun)

    An equivalence relation; u2261; ~

  3. equivalence(Noun)

    The relationship between two propositions that are either both true or both false.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Equivalence(noun)

    the condition of being equivalent or equal; equality of worth, value, signification, or force; as, an equivalence of definitions

    Etymology: [Cf. F. quivalence, LL. aequivalentia.]

  2. Equivalence(noun)

    equal power or force; equivalent amount

    Etymology: [Cf. F. quivalence, LL. aequivalentia.]

  3. Equivalence(noun)

    the quantity of the combining power of an atom, expressed in hydrogen units; the number of hydrogen atoms can combine with, or be exchanged for; valency. See Valence

    Etymology: [Cf. F. quivalence, LL. aequivalentia.]

  4. Equivalence(noun)

    the degree of combining power as determined by relative weight. See Equivalent, n., 2

    Etymology: [Cf. F. quivalence, LL. aequivalentia.]

  5. Equivalence(verb)

    to be equivalent or equal to; to counterbalance

    Etymology: [Cf. F. quivalence, LL. aequivalentia.]


  1. Equivalence

    In mathematics, and specifically in measure theory, equivalence is a notion of two measures being "the same".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of equivalence in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of equivalence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of equivalence in a Sentence

  1. William Schaffner:

    We've had the dominance of H1N1 yield to now a dominance or at least an equivalence of H3N2, which means that the strain that causes more severe disease is actually producing a substantial amount of late season influenza this year.

  2. Donald Trump:

    The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate.

  3. Ben Sasse:

    This is bizarre and flat-out wrong. United States is not to blame. America wants a good relationship with the Russian people but Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Putin thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression, when the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Vladimir Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs.

  4. James Comey:

    Donald Trump strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on. I don't think Donald Trump's medically unfit to be president. I think Donald Trump's morally unfit to be president, a person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person's not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds.

  5. Ueli Maurer:

    If we didn't get equivalence (from the EU) and didn't adopt protective measures, the bourse expects trading volume would collapse by 70 to 80 percent. Of course this would not be manageable.

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