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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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 The court, in a 2-1 vote, said Marc Elias and other lawyers with Perkins Coie LLP filed a motion nearly identical to an earlier one the court had denied—and weren’t forthcoming about doing so. Alexa Corse, WSJ, "Trump 2020 Election Lawsuits Lead to Requests to Discipline Lawyers," 9 May 2021 Rasmus Kupari scored his first career goal, Walker had a goal and an assist, and the Kings lost both games against the Avalanche by identical scores of 3-2. Dan Greenspan, Star Tribune, "Toews, Makar lead Avalanche to 3-2 win over Kings," 9 May 2021 Almost exactly one year ago, in May 2020, a nearly identical Chinese rocket hurtled back to earth. Washington Post, "From a Texas dental office to the Canadian tundra, here’s where space debris has crashed to earth," 8 May 2021 But the excitement surrounding the courses sounds almost identical to the comments about the resort during Tuesday’s groundbreaking. Scott Bell, Dallas News, "PGA Frisco is set to host more than a handful of televised major championship golf events. Is a Ryder Cup soon to follow?," 8 May 2021 One by one, the Buddhist priests, nuns and teachers silently entered the Los Angeles temple in similar robes of black and saffron hues, with identical gestures of hands clasped in prayer. Los Angeles Times, "Rare gathering of world’s vast schools of Buddhism offers healing against racial hate," 8 May 2021 Texas Republicans replaced House Bill 6 with SB 7 due to identical language and because SB7 is further along in the legislative process. Alisa Wiersema, ABC News, "Texas House advances restrictive voting bill after late-night vote," 7 May 2021 The electromagnetic force is identical for both spin configurations of the electron, while the weak force cares very much about the spin direction of the electron. Don Lincoln, Forbes, "Researchers Find That Atomic Nucleus Is Thin Skinned," 7 May 2021 The other installation contains two, nearly identical self-portraits by another local artist, Carlo Miranda. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Sutton Foster shines in ‘Light’," 6 May 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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12 May 2021

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“Identical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of identical

: exactly the same
: exactly alike or equal


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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