from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Equal with one another, as in rank or size.
- n. An equal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. equal to each other in size, rank or position.
- n. An equal person or thing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Being on an equality in rank or power.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Equal with another person or thing, or with one another; having equal rank, dignity, intellectual ability, etc.; of corresponding character or quality.
- n. One who or that which is equal to another or others.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having the same standing before the law
Note that Lee calls Congress a "coequal" branch of government, but the Constitution says no such thing and overwhelmingly gives the bulk of the authority to govern our nation to the Congress.
I don't know where this "coequal" language came from, but it pretty apparent from the text of the constitution that there really is supposed to be preemenent branch -
Baker and the head of the constabulary were replaced; the Filipino legislature emerged as coequal with the American administration, and the elites were largely confirmed in their political and economic power, which they hold to this day.
In the absence of any constitutional requirement binding Congress, we stated that “[t] he respect due to coequal and independent departments” demands that the courts accept as passed all bills authenticated in the manner provided by Congress.
Even more than with such earlier modernists as Brancusi and Henry Moore, with Mr. Kelly, "wood" and "sculpture" are mesmerizingly coequal.
And will those who argued that the branches are coequal argue that as loudly if Obama oversteps those boundaries?
It could be as easily said that Sociology and Economics are coequal methods of viewing reality.
It is time for male seminarians and clergy to repay their female classmates for all they continue to teach us and celebrate their coequal presence within our communities.
And man is content to rest coequal with the beast in the matter of mating.
As you know, the Department has a longstanding practice of defending the constitutionality of duly-enacted statutes if reasonable arguments can be made in their defense, a practice that accords the respect appropriately due to a coequal branch of government.