One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Equal with one another; having the same rank or importance.‘coequal partners’
equal, identicalView synonyms
- ‘Federal candidates must have coequal efforts in both the political action committee and individual arenas - properly coordinated, of course.’
- ‘Being a coequal branch of the executive, the legislature has the right to inquire if the executive is doing something beyond the Constitution.’
- ‘We are ill-advised to adopt or adhere to constitutional rules that bring us into constant conflict with a coequal branch of government.’
- ‘The judicial and legislative branches of government, endowed by the Constitution's framers with coequal powers to those of the executive, are being effectively reduced to the status of rubber stamps.’
- ‘They are, in fact, biosocial theories that place fully coequal emphasis on genetic and sociocultural factors.’
- ‘The various relations with God we have outlined are themselves irreducible, rooted in permanent coequal dimensions of the divine nature.’
- ‘You know, we're a coequal branch of government.’
- ‘The author starts out on page one claiming that Eastern European modernism was a coequal partner with Western European modernism.’
- ‘The Constitution made the Senate a coequal branch of government and gave senators longer terms in office than the President.’
- ‘We will insert an aeromedican evacuation control team in the air mobility division with coequal status to the existing airlift, air refueling, and air mobility control teams.’
A person or thing equal with another.
equivalent, opposite number, peer, equal, parallel, complement, match, twin, mate, fellow, brother, sister, analogue, correlativeView synonyms
- ‘While the independent directors would be the coequals of national central bank officials, their obligations and perspective must be mega-economic in scope.’
- ‘One of them, ‘The Book of Ruth and Naomi,’ suggests that we consider Ruth and Naomi coequals.’
Late Middle English: from Latin coaequalis ‘of the same age’, from co- ‘jointly’ + aequalis (see equal).
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