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Dictionary definition for: Equivalent

1. (n) 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"

2. (a) equal in amount or value; "like amounts" "equivalent amounts" "the same amount" "gave one six blows and the other a like number" "an equal number" "the same number"

3. (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

4. (s) being essentially equal to something; "it was as good as gold" "a wish that was equivalent to a command" "his statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt"

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