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 weather Tuesday will be nearly identical, save for a slightly higher temperature range. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Weather service: Ditch the umbrella; it's going to be sunny and dry," 8 July 2019 The two flags are nearly identical, the only difference being the location of their lone white star. Dallas News, "Texas v. the Chilean national flag, maiden names and more from Curious Texas this week," 5 July 2019 Gutierrez’ neighbor, with an almost identical home, from the same builder, paid more than $5,000 in property taxes the next year. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: How to punish Todd Ricketts for alleged tax scam? Elect him as congressman or better yet, governor," 4 July 2019 Canned cold brew brands Rise and High Brew have nearly identical packaging, but grabbing the wrong one could cost you. Bobby Finger, New York Times, "Is Cold Brew Better Than Iced Coffee?," 2 July 2019 Kate wore a near-identical look for her recent appearance on BBC children's show Blue Peter. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears a Lovely Elie Saab Dress to the First Day of Royal Ascot," 18 June 2019 Although the two dresses are nearly identical, Victoria’s dress was noticeably more fitted than the one Meghan wore, and also featured a higher neckline. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Channeling Her Inner Duchess! Victoria Beckham Wears Similar Dress as Meghan Markle for Pal's Wedding," 15 June 2019 Their makeup was almost identical—pink blush, glossy pink lips, and a soft smoky eye—but Phillippe incorporated pink eye shadow into her glam. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reese Witherspoon Just Twinned with Her Daughter Ava Phillipe at the Big Little Lies Premiere," 30 May 2019 The analogy is a mathematical one: wave propagation and space-time have similar (but not identical) equations. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Researchers 3D print a wormhole… for sound waves," 6 Dec. 2018

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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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More Definitions for identical

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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