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Equivalent

equivalent n

: something that performs substantially the same function as another thing in substantially the same way compare aggregation , combination , invention NOTE: Under patent law, a patentee may bring a claim for infringement against the inventor of an equivalent.



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.