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e·qual / ˈēkwəl/ • adj. 1. being the same in quantity, size, degree, or value: add equal amounts of water and flour. ∎  (of people) having the same status, rights, or opportunities. ∎  uniform in application or effect; without discrimination on any grounds: a dedicated campaigner for equal rights. ∎  evenly or fairly balanced: it was hardly an equal contest.2. (equal to) having the ability or resources to meet (a challenge): the players proved equal to the task.• n. a person or thing considered to be the same as another in status or quality: we all treat each other as equals.• v. (e·qualed, e·qual·ing; also chiefly Brit. e·qualled, e·qual·ling) [tr.] be the same as in number or amount: the total debits should equal the total credits. ∎  match or rival in performance or extent: he equaled the world record of 9.93 seconds. ∎  be equivalent to: his work is concerned with why private property equals exploitation.

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equal XIV. — L. æquālis, f. æquus level, even.
So equality XIV. — OF. — L. Hence equalize XVI.

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Equal Trade name for aspartame.