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- n. A copulative or coordinative type of a compound in which members, if not compounded, would be in the same case and connect by the conjunction and. Common in languages such as Sanskrit, Chinese and Japanese, but less so in English.
The prevalence of competitions in general shows the American need to be better than anyone else at something, whether it is selling cars or memorizing state capitals or knowing how to spell dvandva.
As a dvandva compound, it means “king and father.”
We have what we call in Sanskrit _dvandva_, a series of opposites in creation; such as, the positive pole and the negative, the centripetal force and the centrifugal, attraction and repulsion.