Definition of near-equal in US English:

near-equal

adjective

  • Almost equal in extent or scope; (of quantities) almost identical in magnitude; (of persons or objects) almost identical in qualities or attributes.

noun

  • A person or thing almost measuring up to another; a person or thing having nearly all of the qualities or attributes of another.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in James Harrington (1611–1677), political theorist. From near + equal.

Pronunciation

near-equal

/ˌnɪəˈiːkw(ə)l/