I'm normalizing some data in a spreadsheet (because I party hard) and I have entries like

"Windows 7 Pro 64 bit"


"Win 7 x64 pro"

These entries obviously describe the same thing, and I'm changing them as such. What is the word or phrase which would describe these two different-but-identical-in-spirit entries?

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    They are equivalent
    – Jim
    Commented Mar 19, 2017 at 5:02
  • Yeah, I suppose that'd work. I'm an IT technician, and those strings aren't equivalent. I suppose I'm looking for a word meaning "identical in spirit".
    – user38537
    Commented Mar 19, 2017 at 5:08
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    They are semantically equivalent although not identical.
    – Jim
    Commented Mar 19, 2017 at 5:10
  • "semantically equivalent" is what I think I'm looking for. Give that as an answer and I'll mark it as the accepted answer. I'll upvote "euphemism" and "paraphrase" as well.
    – user38537
    Commented Mar 19, 2017 at 5:52
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    They are synonyms, are they not?
    – Xanne
    Commented Mar 19, 2017 at 6:39

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You could say that they are synonymous. From the OED:

synonymous adj.

  1. a. Having the character of a synonym; equivalent in meaning: said of words or phrases denoting the same thing or idea. ("synonymous, adj." OED Online. Oxford University Press.)

I probably wouldn't say that the various terms are actually synonyms, but the adjective seems to be a fairly good fit.

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