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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Senators Tammy Duckworth, Mazie Hirono and Steve Daines are expected to introduce an identical bill in the Senate. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 The pair were wearing styles almost identical to this one, except the curls are more sculpted — crispy-looking, even. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 11 Aug. 2022 The anchors could be detected by measuring the power output of their signals, and the precise center of the space found by watching for when all the anchors detect identical signal data for a single tag. Max Eddy, PCMAG, 11 Aug. 2022 An earlier and nearly identical version under consideration last year was projected by the Biden administration to raise $124 billion. Theo Francis, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 Erin Cox, the kitchen manager, provided a nearly identical account in a separate interview. oregonlive, 10 Aug. 2022 Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of similar Web3 startups have nearly identical business models. Wired, 10 Aug. 2022 Sofia executed all her bridesmaid duties perfectly, from smiling big in identical buttercup yellow gowns to 'gramming the cake-cutting moment to actually eating the cake to bringing the hottest date. Alex Apatoff, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 There were nearly an identical number of shootings during the same period last year. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 7 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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16 Aug 2022

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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


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

Medical Definition of identical

: monozygotic identical twins

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