Equal vs. Equivalent

Equal means the same in value or amount or quality or nature or status; identical.


1/2 and 2/4 are equal fractions

Equal opportunity employer

Equivalent means having the same value, worth or significance; the same in some aspect, but not necessarily all aspects.


The circle and the square are equivalent in area, but have different shapes.

They don’t make that product any more, but the insurance company said we can buy an equivalent model to replace the one that was stolen.

Bottom line: “equal” and “equivalent” are not equal.

Profound Quote of the Day:
“I used to think that running an organization was equivalent to conducting a symphony orchestra, but I don’t think that’s quite it; it’s more like jazz. There is more improvisation.” – Warren Bennis, American leadership guru / MIT & USC professor, b. 1925 His book, Geeks & Geezers (2002), examines the differences and similarities between leaders <30 years old and those >70 years old.


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