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Ancient GreekEdit

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Cretan and Arcadocypriot form suggest Proto-Hellenic *wíswos, perhaps from a Proto-Indo-European *wi- (to separate); cf. Vedic Sanskrit विश्व (viśva) 'all', proto-Slavic *vьśь. See English with.




ῐ̓́σος (ísosm (feminine ῐ̓́ση, neuter ῐ̓́σον); first/second declension

  1. (of size, strength, or number) equal (to), equivalent (to), the same as [+dative = something, someone]
    1. (of appearance) like [+dative = something, someone]
    2. (with implied reference point) like, similar
    3. (with pronoun) like someone's x
    4. repeated to denote relationship between equal persons or things
      ἴσα πρὸς ἴσα
      ísa pròs ísa
      tit for tat
  2. (not comparable, mathematics) equal to [+dative = a number]; (in the plural) equal (to each other)
  3. (not comparable, geometry, of lines) of equal length; (of shapes) congruent; of equal area
  4. just, fair
    1. (comparable, politics) equal in rights, based on equality of rights
    2. (of persons) impartial
    3. neuter plural τὰ ἴσα (tà ísa) as substantive: equal rights, equality
  5. (rare) adequate
  6. (of land) even, level, flat
    1. neuter singular (τὸ) ἴσον ((tò) íson) as substantive: level ground
      εἰς τὸ ἴσον
      eis tò íson
      (on)to level ground
  7. ὡς ἰσαίτατα (hōs isaítata): as equally as possible
    • 384 BCE – 322 BCE, Aristotle, Constitution of the Athenians :
      τοὺς δ’ ἑκατὸν ἄνδρας διανεῖμαι σφᾶς τε αὐτοὺς καὶ τοὺς ἄλλους τέτταρα μέρη ὡς ἰσαίτατα
      toùs d’ hekatòn ándras dianeîmai sphâs te autoùs kaì toùs állous téttara mérē hōs isaítata
      for the Hundred Men to divide themselves and the others into four divisions as equally as possible
    • 428 BCE – 347 BCE, Plato, Laws 5.744c:
      τὰς τιμάς τε καὶ ἀρχὰς ὡς ἰσαίτατα τῷ ἀνίσῳ συμμέτρῳ δὲ ἀπολαμβάνοντες
      tàs timás te kaì arkhàs hōs isaítata tôi anísōi summétrōi dè apolambánontes
      receiving honors and offices as equally as possible by the rule of symmetrical inequality



Derived termsEdit


  • Greek: ίσος (ísos)

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