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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Feel free to use this design as a guidebook, not each nail needs to be identical. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "10 Easy and Fun Nail Designs to Copy This Summer," 7 May 2019 And unlike the uniformity of traditional hotel rooms, no two are identical. Laura Neilson, Vogue, "At Chile’s Dreamiest New Hotel, Glass-Walled Bungalows Overlook Wine Country," 16 Apr. 2019 Both the new Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 730G are nearly identical, according to specifications provided to PCWorld. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 730G processor was built for kick-ass mobile gaming," 9 Apr. 2019 Each Bradford scion would be genetically identical, but the rootstocks each had their own DNA. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 Safari will also prevent fingerprinting, or the ability to identify individual users through browser configurations like plugins, by making all Safari users appear to have the original, and therefore identical, default settings. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Apple Takes Aim at Facebook With Data Privacy Features in iOS and macOS," 4 June 2018 Dressing Alike is Nothing New These notable couples—romantic and otherwise—donned identical outfits in different eras Sonny Bono and Cher in Hamburg, Germany in 1966. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Who Needs Gender? Why Men and Women Are Dressing Identically," 21 Feb. 2019 For the inaugural season, each team used completely identical Spark-Renault SRT_01 race cars, but slowly the rules have opened up to allow for some technical development. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race car," 14 Dec. 2018 While Cesta’s baskets come with drawstring canvas interiors and knotted leather straps, the shape is nearly identical to the Rwandan original. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Duo Behind Cesta Collective Is Building a “Next-Gen Sustainable Brand” in Africa," 16 Nov. 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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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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