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 To top it off, the great hall of Oxford's Christ Church College was the inspiration behind Hogwarts' Great Hall, and the two are nearly identical. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "31 Iconic Filming Locations Around the World You Can Actually Visit," 26 Apr. 2021 Austin, Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth have nearly identical language in their city charters. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio seeks to float bonds for affordable housing," 25 Apr. 2021 The man was a friend of Lewallen’s and a flight instructor, who has a nearly identical plane and tens of thousands of hours of flying experience, said Perala, 45. oregonlive, "Man killed in Clark County plane crash identified as Vancouver resident," 22 Apr. 2021 Switching to Car Zero confirms a nearly identical driving experience. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Bentley Blower Continuation Revives Bentley's Past," 21 Apr. 2021 The footage — much of it nearly identical to a video clip played by police Tuesday — shows the Bryant lunging toward two people in a driveway before Reardon fired four shots. Washington Post, "Police identify officer who fatally shot Black Columbus teen as community questions use of lethal force," 21 Apr. 2021 Similar examinations of the words NFL broadcasters use have produced nearly identical results. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "Race still shapes how quarterbacks get evaluated as NFL draft prospects," 20 Apr. 2021 A few months later, in May 2020, Infinity Q disclosed holding two nearly identical swaps tied to the Russell 2000 index. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Behind the Mysterious Demise of a $1.7 Billion Mutual Fund," 20 Apr. 2021 The Senate previously passed nearly identical bills; Cupp said the House will be working with the Senate to decide which chamber’s version of each measure will end up going to Gov. Mike DeWine. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Ohio unemployment claims hit lowest level in months: Capitol Letter," 16 Apr. 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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30 Apr 2021

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“Identical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 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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