identical

adjective
iden·​ti·​cal | \ ī-ˈden-ti-kəl How to pronounce identical (audio) , ə-\

Definition of identical

1 : being the same : selfsame the identical place we stopped before
2 : having such close resemblance as to be essentially the same identical hats often used with to or with
3a : having the same cause or origin identical infections

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Other Words from identical

identically \ ī-​ˈden-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce identically (audio) , ə-​ \ adverb
identicalness \ ī-​ˈden-​ti-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce identicalness (audio) , ə-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for identical

Synonyms

same, selfsame, very

Antonyms

another, different, other

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same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another. same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things. took the same route derived from the selfsame source very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same may imply likeness in kind. the very point I was trying to make identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details. identical results equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance. two houses equivalent in market value equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality. equal shares in the business

Examples of identical in a Sentence

We visited the identical place we stopped at last year. They were wearing identical coats. The boxes were identical in shape. They drove virtually identical cars. The results were identical to those of the first test.
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Recipients who clicked on the links landed on pages that looked almost identical to library resources that are widely used in academic settings. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "18 months after indictment, Iranian phishers are still targeting universities," 11 Sep. 2019 The state agriculture commission has worked with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to make sure there are no problems with growing hemp, which looks identical to marijuana. al, "Alabama’s hemp is passing the low-THC test," 6 Sep. 2019 The model looked nearly identical to the Princess in recreations of some of Diana’s most famous paparazzi photos, down to the messy updos. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "The Sweater Hailey Bieber Used to Recreate Princess Diana's Look Is Only $60," 4 Sep. 2019 Massed at the starting line, the crowd of runners all looked identical. Quanta Magazine, "Bacterial Clones Show Surprising Individuality," 4 Sep. 2019 At around $40, the counterfeit headphones look almost identical to real Apple AirPods, with the same true wireless style and sleek charging case. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "How Do $40 Fake AirPods Compare to the Real Thing?," 3 Sep. 2019 At first glance of their equally light golden tones, both beers look nearly identical. Joe Nguyen, The Know, "Rocky Mountain Showdown, beer edition: Which beer is better, CU’s Stampede or CSU’s Old Aggie?," 27 Aug. 2019 Specks of grey in his beard aside, Duncan appeared nearly identical to his mid-2000s self, albeit diminished offensively after 11 straight playoff appearances from 1998-2012. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "SI's NBA All-Decade Team: Second Team," 17 Sep. 2019 Overall, therefore, more than 35% of Californians, perhaps 15 million human beings, are living in severe economic distress — a number nearly identical to enrollment in Medi-Cal, the state’s health care program for the poor. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: California is still No. 1 in poverty," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of identical

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for identical

probably from Medieval Latin identicus, from Late Latin identitas

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The first known use of identical was in 1581

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identical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of identical

: exactly the same
: exactly alike or equal

identical

adjective
iden·​ti·​cal | \ ī-ˈden-ti-kəl How to pronounce identical (audio) \

Kids Definition of identical

1 : being one and the same We saw the identical movie last week.
2 : being exactly alike or equal They wore identical dresses.

Other Words from identical

identically \ -​kə-​lē \ adverb

identical

adjective
iden·​ti·​cal | \ ī-ˈdent-i-kəl, ə- How to pronounce identical (audio) \

Medical Definition of identical

: monozygotic identical twins

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