Definitions for: Equivalence

[n] qualities that are comparable; "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare"
[n] essential equality and interchangeability
[n] a state of being essentially equal or equivalent; equally balanced; "on a par with the best"

Webster (1913) Definition: E*quiv"a*lence, n. [Cf. F. ['e]quivalence, LL.
1. The condition of being equivalent or equal; equality of
worth, value, signification, or force; as, an equivalence
of definitions.

2. Equal power or force; equivalent amount.

3. (Chem.)
(a) 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.
(b) The degree of combining power as determined by
relative weight. See Equivalent, n., 2. [R.]

E*quiv"a*lence, v. t.
To be equivalent or equal to; to counterbalance. [R.] --Sir
T. Browne.

Synonyms: comparability, compare, comparison, equality, equation, par

Antonyms: nonequivalence

See Also: alikeness, equality, likeness, parity, position, similitude, status, tie

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