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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The letters were identical and apparently sent by the same person, Mayor Lyles' spokesman Jeremy Mills said Friday. David K. Li, NBC News, "Charlotte mayor and other lawmakers receive same threatening, racist letter," 16 Aug. 2019 The heart rate numbers were nearly identical, and calorie burn calculations were off by an indiscernible amount. Natt Garun, The Verge, "The $40 Mi Band 4 is a nice fitness tracker — if you’re already healthy," 23 July 2019 All of the production pieces are identical to those of the concept and are finished in glossy carbon fiber, aside from the new 19-inch wheels. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Toyota Releases TRD Performance Styling Parts for the 2020 Supra," 20 May 2019 Dividends, which are nearly identical and benefit almost the exact same people, somehow get better P.R. given their reputation as supporting retirees. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Two Cheers for Buybacks," 7 Feb. 2019 Hyundai is eschewing the idea of making all its models look identical, and battery EVs don't need to suck in lots of fresh air to feed an engine. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The new 2019 Hyundai Kona EV is a clever little electric crossover," 24 Oct. 2018 The atoms are all jumbled together in space and are identical and indistinguishable. Quanta Magazine, "Real-Life Schrödinger’s Cats Probe the Boundary of the Quantum World," 25 June 2018 The high-end iPhones will look nearly identical to the current models from the front and feature the same size screens, but at least some colors on the back will have a matte finish versus the existing glossy look. Los Angeles Times, "Apple’s next line of iPhones is all about the camera," 22 Aug. 2019 The idea is to make a dough with identical ingredients to what the yeast ate 4,500 years ago. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This Bread Was Made Using 4,500-Year-Old Egyptian Yeast," 8 Aug. 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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