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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Grape seeds excavated in Egypt were once proposed to have been identical to Savagnin, but that’s been disputed. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Do we drink the same wine that the Romans drank? Not quite," 13 June 2019 The design for all 30 teams is identical: a solid color crown and visor with the team’s name and small logo inside a basketball with just a sliver of the team’s secondary colors in the corner. cleveland.com, "Here’s the hat the Cavaliers’ draft picks will be wearing, whoever they are," 13 June 2019 Known as the LIFT+ Act, Tlaib’s proposal is almost identical to the LIFT Act introduced last year by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Rashida Tlaib wants to give low-income adults $3,000 a year each, no questions asked," 12 June 2019 The fourth goal would have been almost identical to the third had Joonas Tamm not hauled Goretzka to the ground inside the box. chicagotribune.com, "Realist Reus stays calm after Germany crush Estonia," 11 June 2019 Features that stayed the same: The crossword grid is identical to the one used in 2017. Quanta Magazine, "Quanta’s Science and Math Crossword Puzzle," 21 Dec. 2018 Another page: the girl on Christmas morning wearing the identical shirt of her new doll. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Girl who lost parents to heroin starts over: `I want a family'," 27 June 2018 Harry wore an almost identical polo shirt under an Invictus Games jacket with a dark pair of pants. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Just Had a Serious Twinning Moment," 6 Apr. 2018 But as any wax figure fan knows, identical likenesses are hard to capture. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ariana Grande's Wax Figure Is Bid "Thank U, Next" By Fans," 25 May 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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