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equivalent

adjective uk   /ɪˈkwɪv.əl.ənt/ us  
C1 having the same amount, value, purpose, qualities, etc.: She's doing the equivalent job in the new company but for more money. Is $50 equivalent to about £30?

equivalent

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ɪˈkwɪv.əl.ənt/ us  
C1 something that has the same amount, value, purpose, qualities, etc. as something else: There is no English equivalent for 'bon appetit' so we have adopted the French expression. Ten thousand people a year die of the disease - that's the equivalent of the population of this town.
equivalence
noun [U] uk   /-əns/ (also equivalency,   /-əns.i/   ) formal us  
There's a general equivalence between the two concepts.
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