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equivalent

adjective uk   us   /ɪˈkwɪv.əl.ənt/
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?
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equivalent

noun [C usually singular] uk   us   /ɪˈkwɪv.əl.ənt/
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.
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equivalence
noun [U] uk   us   /-əns/ (also equivalency, uk   /-əns.i/ us   ) formal
There's a general equivalence between the two concepts.
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