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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Some — like Gabe and Dawn’s dishes — look almost identical, and Gabe actually ends up winning the whole challenge with his steamed black cod dish. Vulture, 7 June 2021 The diacritical marks help readers distinguish between words that would otherwise look identical. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 That’s why colonial-style architecture doesn’t look identical around the world. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, 17 May 2021 The Ai41 speakers look almost identical to those, at least from the front. Brad Moon, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Besides taking advance and never making a delivery, some scamsters are also delivering dupes of the medicine that look identical to the real one. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 28 Apr. 2021 After all, both rooster costumes look identical and the two shows have featured similar getups before. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 14 Apr. 2021 Prairie dropseed: Instead of planting invasive Chinese silver grass, Prairie dropseed grass will look almost identical, Lane said. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Apr. 2021 At first glance, both the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro look nearly identical. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, 26 Mar. 2021

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Identical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/identical. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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