identical

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adjective iden·ti·cal \ī-ˈden-ti-kəl, ə-\

Definition of identical

  1. 1 :  being the same :  selfsame the identical place we stopped before

  2. 2 :  having such close resemblance as to be essentially the same identical hats —often used with to or with

  3. 3a :  having the same cause or origin identical infectionsb :  monozygotic

identically

play \ī-ˈden-ti-k(ə-)lē, ə-\ adverb

identicalness

play \ī-ˈden-ti-kəl-nəs, ə-\ noun

Examples of identical in a sentence

  1. We visited the identical place we stopped at last year.

  2. They were wearing identical coats.

  3. The boxes were identical in shape.

  4. They drove virtually identical cars.

  5. The results were identical to those of the first test.

Origin and Etymology of identical

probably from Medieval Latin identicus, from Late Latin identitas


First Known Use: 1581

Synonym Discussion of 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


IDENTICAL Defined for English Language Learners

identical

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adjective iden·ti·cal \ī-ˈden-ti-kəl, ə-\

Definition of identical for English Language Learners

  • : exactly the same

  • : exactly alike or equal


IDENTICAL Defined for Kids

identical

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adjective iden·ti·cal \ī-ˈden-ti-kəl\

Definition of identical for Students

  1. 1 :  being one and the same We saw the identical movie last week.

  2. 2 :  being exactly alike or equal They wore identical dresses.

identically

\-kə-lē\ adverb

Medical Dictionary

identical

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adjective iden·ti·cal \ī-ˈdent-i-kəl, ə-\

Medical Definition of identical

  1. :  monozygotic identical twins



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