equivalent

If two things are basically the same, you can say that they're the equivalent of each other. Like, studying advanced physics is the equivalent of banging your head against the wall.

Equivalent's Latin roots are "equal" and "value," which suggests that the word originally was used to describe things that had the same value. Now it can be used to describe things that have the same effect, or importance, or role — for example, "England's Parliament is the equivalent of America's Congress." It can also be used as an adjective: "Eating a bowl of Sugar Pops for breakfast is equivalent to starting your day with two scoops of ice-cream."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: equivalent

1
adjn
being essentially equal to something
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
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: equivalent
1

adj being essentially equal to something

“a wish that was equivalent to a command”
Synonyms:
tantamount
equal
having the same quantity, value, or measure as another

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”
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counterpart, opposite number, vis-a-vis
a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another
replacement, substitute
a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
match
something that resembles or harmonizes with
mismatch
a bad or unsuitable match
complement
either of two parts that mutually complete each other
ersatz
an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
successor
a thing or person that immediately replaces something or someone
succedaneum
(medicine) something that can be used as a substitute (especially any medicine that may be taken in place of another)
Type of:
cognition, knowledge, noesis
the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
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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

Synonyms:
combining weight, eq, equivalent weight
Type of:
atomic mass, atomic weight, relative atomic mass
(chemistry) the mass of an atom of a chemical element expressed in atomic mass units
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