Equivalent vs. Synonym

Equivalent vs. Synonym — Is There a Difference?
ADVERTISEMENT

Difference Between Equivalent and Synonym

Equivalentadjective

Similar or identical in value, meaning or effect; virtually equal.

Synonymnoun

A word whose meaning is the same as that of another word.

Equivalentadjective

(mathematics) Of two sets, having a one-to-one correspondence; equinumerous.

Synonymnoun

A word or phrase with a meaning that is the same as, or very similar to, another word or phrase.

“Happy” is a synonym of “glad”.

Equivalentadjective

(mathematics) Relating to the corresponding elements of an equivalence relation.

Synonymnoun

(zoology) Any of the formal names for a taxon, including the valid name (i.e. the senior synonym).

ADVERTISEMENT

Equivalentadjective

(chemistry) Having the equal ability to combine.

Synonymnoun

Any name for a taxon, usually a validly published, formally accepted one, but often also an unpublished name.

Equivalentadjective

(cartography) Of a map, equal-area.

Synonymnoun

(databases) An alternative (often shorter) name defined for an object in a database.

Equivalentadjective

(geometry) Equal in measure but not admitting of superposition; applied to magnitudes.

A square may be equivalent to a triangle.

Synonymnoun

two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context

ADVERTISEMENT

Equivalentnoun

Anything that is virtually equal to something else, or has the same value, force, etc.

Equivalentnoun

(chemistry) An equivalent weight.

Equivalentverb

(transitive) To make equivalent to; to equal.

Equivalentnoun

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

Equivalentnoun

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

Equivalentadjective

equal in amount or value;

like amountsequivalent amountsthe same amountgave one six blows and the other a like numberan equal numberthe same number

Equivalentadjective

being essentially equal to something;

it was as good as golda wish that was equivalent to a commandhis statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt