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When I have two items and they are the same, we can say that they possess "equality".

Let's say I have three or four items and they are all the same. What do we call the quality that they possess? Can we say the three items possess "equality" too? What are the other words for this quality?

For example, I have four athletes and they are all equal in strength. What do we call the equality among their strengths?

Thank you!

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    Can the down-voter explain why it was down-voted? Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 2:32
  • We still call it "equality."
    – herisson
    Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 10:57

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Equality - the state of being equal, esp. in status

When you have two items that are the same, we cannot say that they possess equality (unless dealing with numbers). When two items are the same, they are the same. When three, or four items are the same, they are the same.

In your example, you are not saying that the items are the same, but that the status of the items is equal, and therefore, their strength expresses equality. The equality among their strengths would be: equal strength. There isn't a one word as far as I know for that.

TL;DR: Items that are the same (except for numbers) do not express equality, only the status of those items (if the status of the items are equal).

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  • Thanks for the clarification. Is there a noun then for "being the same"? Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 2:36
  • Anyway, would it be proper here if I change my question to reflect what you said? Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 2:37
  • Possibly. And a noun for the state of being the same... Uniformity - the quality of being similar to someone or something else Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 3:42
  • Thanks man. The discussion is quite good. I didn't edit the question anymore. Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 4:50
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    Perhaps "similar in strength"? "Evenly matched"? Commented May 27, 2014 at 1:14
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Sameness? Identity? Unity? Similitude?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_%28philosophy%29

I think what you are looking for may best be expressed as "of equal value" or "of equal utility," but that doesn't fit into one word very neatly, unless one of the above suggestions works.

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