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 for Synonymous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Synonymous \Syn*on"y*mous\, a. [Gr. ?; sy`n with, together + ?,
     ?, name. See Syn-, and Name.]
     Having the character of a synonym; expressing the same thing;
     conveying the same, or approximately the same, idea. --
     Syn*on"y*mous*ly, adv.
     [1913 Webster]
           These words consist of two propositions, which are not
           distinct in sense, but one and the same thing variously
           expressed; for wisdom and understanding are synonymous
           words here.                              --Tillotson.
     [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Identical; interchangeable. -- Synonymous,
          Identical. If no words are synonymous except those
          which are identical in use and meaning, so that the one
          can in all cases be substituted for the other, we have
          scarcely ten such words in our language. But the term
          more properly denotes that the words in question
          approach so near to each other, that, in many or most
          cases, they can be used interchangeably. 1. Words may
          thus coincide in certain connections, and so be
          interchanged, when they can not be interchanged in other
          connections; thus we may speak either strength of mind
          or of force of mind, but we say the force (not strength)
          of gravitation. 2. Two words may differ slightly, but
          this difference may be unimportant to the speaker's
          object, so that he may freely interchange them; thus it
          makes but little difference, in most cases, whether we
          speak of a man's having secured his object or having
          attained his object. For these and other causes we have
          numerous words which may, in many cases or connections,
          be used interchangeably, and these are properly called
          synonyms. Synonymous words "are words which, with great
          and essential resemblances of meaning, have, at the same
          time, small, subordinate, and partial differences, --
          these differences being such as either originally and on
          the ground of their etymology inhered in them; or
          differences which they have by usage acquired in the
          eyes of all; or such as, though nearly latent now, they
          are capable of receiving at the hands of wise and
          discreet masters of the tongue. Synonyms are words of
          like significance in the main, but with a certain
          unlikeness as well." --Trench.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: (of words) meaning the same or nearly the same [ant:

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