1. a state of being essentially equal or equivalent; equally balanced;

- Example: "on a par with the best"

[syn: equality,

2. essential equality and interchangeability;

3. qualities that are comparable;

- Example: "no comparison between the two books"

- Example: "beyond compare"

[syn: comparison, compare,

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Equivalence \E*quiv"a*lence\, v. t. To be equivalent or equal to; to counterbalance. [R.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Equivalence \E*quiv"a*lence\ ([-e]*kw[i^]v"[.a]*lens), n. [Cf. F. ['e]quivalence, LL. aequivalentia.] 1. The condition of being equivalent or equal; equality of worth, value, signification, or force; as, an equivalence of definitions. [1913 Webster] 2. Equal power or force; equivalent amount. [1913 Webster] 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.] [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

equivalence n 1: a state of being essentially equal or equivalent; equally balanced; "on a par with the best" [syn: equality, equivalence, equation, par] 2: essential equality and interchangeability [ant: nonequivalence] 3: qualities that are comparable; "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare" [syn: comparison, compare, equivalence, comparability]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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