iden·​ti·​cal ī-ˈden-ti-kəl How to pronounce identical (audio)
: being the same : selfsame
the identical place we stopped before
: having such close resemblance as to be essentially the same
identical hats
often used with to or with
: having the same cause or origin
identical infections
identically adverb
identicalness 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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Word History


probably from Medieval Latin identicus, from Late Latin identitas

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of identical was in 1581

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Cite this Entry

“Identical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


iden·​ti·​cal ī-ˈdent-i-kəl How to pronounce identical (audio)
: being one and the same
the identical place we stopped at last year
: exactly alike or equal
wearing identical coats
identically adverb
identicalness noun

Medical Definition


iden·​ti·​cal ī-ˈdent-i-kəl, ə- How to pronounce identical (audio)
: monozygotic
identical twins

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