Equivalent vs Same - What's the difference?

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Same is a synonym of equivalent.

As adjectives the difference between equivalent and same

is that equivalent is similar or identical in value, meaning or effect; virtually equal while same is not different or other; not another or others; not different as regards self; selfsame; identical.

As a noun equivalent

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

As a verb equivalent

is to make equivalent to; to equal.

As a pronoun same is

the identical thing, ditto.

As an adverb same is


As a proper noun Same is

a district capital of Manufahi District in East Timor.


Alternative forms

* (archaic)


(en adjective)
  • Similar or identical in value, meaning or effect; virtually equal.
  • * South
  • For now to serve and to minister, servile and ministerial, are terms equivalent .
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=(Henry Petroski) , title=Opening Doors , volume=100, issue=2, page=112-3 , magazine= citation , passage=A doorknob of whatever roundish shape is effectively a continuum of levers, with the axis of the latching mechanism—known as the spindle—being the fulcrum about which the turning takes place. Applying a force tangential to the knob is essentially equivalent to applying one perpendicular to a radial line defining the lever.}}
  • (mathematics) Of two sets, having a one-to-one correspondence; equinumerous.
  • * Comprehensive MCQ's in Mathematics , page 3:
  • Finite sets A and B are equivalent sets only when n''(A) = ''n''(B) ''i.e. , the number of elements in A and B are equal.
  • * 1950 , E. Kamke, Theory of Sets , page 16:
  • All enumerable sets are equivalent to each other, but not to any finite set.
  • * 2000 , N. L. Carothers, Real Analysis , page 18:
  • Equivalent' sets should, by rights, have the same "number" of elements. For this reason we sometimes say that '''equivalent sets have the same ''cardinality .
  • * 2006 , Joseph Breuer, Introduction to the Theory of Sets , page 41:
  • The equivalence theorem: If both M is equivalent''' to a subset N1 of N and N is '''equivalent''' to a subset M1 of M, then the sets M and N are '''equivalent to each other.
  • (mathematics) Relating to the corresponding elements of an equivalence relation.
  • (chemistry) Having the equal ability to combine.
  • (cartography) Of a map, equal-area.
  • (geometry) Equal in measure but not admitting of superposition; applied to magnitudes.
  • A square may be equivalent to a triangle.

    Usage notes

    * (en-usage-equal)

    Derived terms

    * (l)


    (en noun)
  • Anything that is virtually equal to something else, or has the same value, force, etc.
  • * Macaulay
  • He owned that, if the Test Act were repealed, the Protestants were entitled to some equivalent .
  • (chemistry) An equivalent weight.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To make equivalent to; to equal.
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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .


  • Not different or other; not another or others; not different as regards self; selfsame; identical.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), Chapter=1 , passage=I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me. I look upon notoriety with the same indifference as on the buttons on a man's shirt-front, or the crest on his note-paper.}}
  • Similar, alike.
  • *
  • They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet, and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=1 , passage=She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.}}
  • Used to express the unity of an object or person which has various different descriptions or qualities.
  • A reply of confirmation of identity.
  • * ca. 1606 , (William Shakespeare), (King Lear) , Act V, scene III:
  • ''King Lear: This is a dull sight. Are you not Kent?
    Kent: The same . [http://www.rhymezone.com/r/gwic.cgi?Path=shakespeare/tragedies/kinglear/v_iii//&Word=the+same,
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  • * 1994 , (Clerks) :
  • ''Dante: Whose house was it?
    ''Blue-Collar Man: Dominick Bambino's.
    ''Randal: "Babyface" Bambino? The gangster?
    Blue-Collar Man: The same . [http://www.whysanity.net/monos/clerks5.html]
    Usage notes
    * This word is usually construed with the (except after demonstratives: "this same.." etc.). This can make it difficult to distinguish between the simple adjective and the adjective used absolutely or pronominally.
    * (identical) identical, equal, equivalent * (similar) similar, alike
    * different, other, another
    Derived terms
    * by the same token * of the same stripe * same-blooded * same difference * sameish * samely * sameness * same old same old * same old story * same-sex * self-same


    (English Pronouns)
  • The identical thing, ditto.
  • Something similar, something of the identical type.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.}}
  • It or them, without a connotation of similarity.
  • Light valve suspensions and films containing UV absorbers and light valves containing the same (US Patent 5,467,217)
    Methods of selectively distributing data in a computer network and systems using the same (US Patent 7,191,208)
  • It or them, as above, meaning the last object mentioned, mainly as complement: on the same'', ''for the same .
  • My picture/photography blog...kindly give me your reviews on the same .
    Usage notes
    * This word is commonly used as the same .
    Derived terms
    * all the same * one and the same * same to you

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), (m), (m), (also (m), (m)), from (etyl) .


    (en adverb)
  • Together.
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