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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: Late Latin, from aequivalere 'to have equal power'

equivalent

1 adjective
     
e‧quiv‧a‧lent1 W3
having the same value, purpose, job etc as a person or thing of a different kind
equivalent to
a qualification which is equivalent to a degree
I had no dollars, but offered him an equivalent amount of sterling.
equivalence noun [uncountable]

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