from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or condition of being equivalent; equality.
- n. Mathematics An equivalence relation.
- n. Logic The relationship that holds for two propositions that are either both true or both false, so that the affirmation of one and the denial of the other results in contradiction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The condition of being equivalent or essentially equal.
- n. An equivalence relation; ≡; ~
- n. The relationship between two propositions that are either both true or both false.
- v. To be equivalent or equal to; to counterbalance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The condition of being equivalent or equal; equality of worth, value, signification, or force.
- n. Equal power or force; equivalent amount.
- n. 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.
- n. The degree of combining power as determined by relative weight. See Equivalent, n., 2.
- transitive v. To be equivalent or equal to; to counterbalance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition of being equivalent; equality in value; correspondence in signification, force, nature, or the like: as, a universal equivalence of weights and measures is extremely desirable; exact equivalence between different words is rare. Also equivalency.
- To be equivalent to; counterpoise.
- n. In chem., capability of mutual replacement, in chemical combination, of definite quantities of different substances: thus, there is equivalence between approximately 18.07 parts of aluminium, 40.1 of calcium, 46.1 of sodium, and 55.9 of (ferrous) iron in combining with the same fixed quantity of oxygen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of being essentially equal or equivalent; equally balanced
- n. essential equality and interchangeability
- n. qualities that are comparable
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It was then, also, that he coined the term equivalence principle.
The tripe about moral equivalence is just cover for ignorant wingnuts to argue that the US SHOULDNT do what is right.
To make that false equivalence is to parade your ignorance.
A false moral equivalence is a sub-type of false equivalence; things can be aesthetically obscene and not morally obscene; the last question hardly makes sense but insofar as it does the answer is yes.
The equivalence is that a priori, there is equivalence between the choice to have sex and the choice not to — both are intrinsically valid.
More patently phony moral equivalence from a true believer in the Religion of St. Karl.
Another case of phony moral equivalence from the theleft.
This false equivalence is our beef, not bias. jayackroyd
I daresay you could trawl say America and find some loon Christians but you suggestion of equivalence is wildly misleading to the point of being an outright lie.
Microscope is a science mission that will investigate the force of gravity and the behaviour of free-falling objects in a test of what has become known as the equivalence principle.