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 two ladies [Carol and Cher] themselves were almost identical in measurements, but nobody would ever think that. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bob Mackie Didn’t Know How to Dress Cher When They First Met. Now, He’s Part of Her Fashion Legacy.," 8 Mar. 2019 Born on 2/4/19 weighing 7lbs 12oz and looking identical to her older brother. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Jason Aldean's Wife Brittany Just Gave Birth to Their Baby Girl," 5 Feb. 2019 The Ride the Pony emote and Psy’s dance are identical in every respect. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 2018 In fact, the base clock speeds for the three chips outed by HP are essentially identical with the existing Kaby Lake-R chips. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's Whiskey Lake notebook chips will offer big turbo boosts to get you to upgrade," 10 Aug. 2018 Two-toned blues offer a fun departure from the stack of nearly-identical denim already in your closet. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019 The cookie debuted four years before Oreo, but, while near-identical, failed to capture the hearts and minds of Americans and became a distant runner-up in the sandwich cookie landscape. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "2018 was a difficult year for cookies," 21 Dec. 2018 Most of the men were accused of rock-cocaine possession and had near-identical stories. Jessica Chou, Glamour, "Shawn Holley Will Free You Now," 11 Dec. 2018 The Pacific Crest Trail offers roughly 489,000 feet of elevation gain, and an almost-identical amount lost. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "9 Things to Know Before You Hike the Pacific Crest Trail," 5 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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