iden·​ti·​cal | \ī-ˈden-ti-kəl, 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

b : monozygotic

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Other Words from identical

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

Choose the Right Synonym for identical

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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Now, Trump's rules on the subject, which are essentially identical to those first introduced last year but are now final, broaden that exemption. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "Here's What Trump's Final Rules on Birth Control Coverage Mean for You," 13 Nov. 2018 While not identical, Mr. Mueller’s policy would be similar to that undertaken by Great Britain after World War I when the U.K. returned to the gold standard at the pound’s prewar parity. WSJ, "The Dollar and the Future of U.S. Manufacturing," 15 Oct. 2018 Virtually all Sunday's reactions were expected, and similar -- if not identical -- to what these players did in games either last season or during the exhibition season. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Colin Kaepernick thanks Miami Dolphins players for anthem protest prior to season opener," 9 Sep. 2018 In fact, the majority of their ingredients are identical. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "The It Cosmetics Foundation I Tell Everyone About Is 25 Percent Off," 2 Nov. 2018 On the level of genes, human beings are remarkably similar to one another: 99.9 percent of all our DNA is identical. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test can and can’t teach us about ancestry," 15 Oct. 2018 In the vertical sense, the two motions are identical. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Try Out This Physics Problem With a Baseball and a Neighbor," 6 July 2018 His percentages of pitches in counts are almost identical, so there’s no tendencies to him. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Make it eight: Rangers pounce early and extend Royals' losing streak," 19 June 2018 That’s not to say everything is identical, however. Luke Money,, "Costa Mesa’s proposed $163.7-million budget brings calls for caution about spending and fees," 31 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of identical

: exactly the same

: exactly alike or equal


iden·​ti·​cal | \ī-ˈden-ti-kəl \

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


iden·​ti·​cal | \ī-ˈdent-i-kəl, ə- \

Medical Definition of identical 

: monozygotic identical twins

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