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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But as any wax figure fan knows, identical likenesses are hard to capture. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ariana Grande's Wax Figure Is Bid "Thank U, Next" By Fans," 25 May 2019 Congressional investigations are legitimate only if there is legislation that might result from them, the lawsuits say in identical terms. Jessica Gresko, The Seattle Times, "In clash with Congress, weak legal case may still help Trump," 20 May 2019 Best friend Anastasia Karanikolaou, better known as Stassy, has also added an identical Stormi tattoo to her own arm. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Got the Sweetest Tiny Tattoo Dedicated to Her Daughter, Stormi," 17 May 2019 The girls wore identical dresses that varied in color, Victoria in pink and Cristina in Blue. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Sisters Cristina and Victoria Iglesias Give a Behind The Scenes Look of Their First Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Recent rebrands by fashion houses like Burberry, Balmain, and Balenciaga have resulted in a cohort of identical luxury logos. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 Since hydrogen and deuterium have identical shapes but different vibrational frequencies, the results again suggested that our noses could indeed detect vibrations. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Indeed, some funds do a better job mirroring the returns of their underlying index than seemingly identical peers, and the reasons for that can be found under a fund’s hood. Jeff Brown, WSJ, "Why Fund Investors Should Look Beyond Fees," 21 Oct. 2018 Scientists have now pieced together a picture for these two seemingly identical planets. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "Twin Exoplanets Look Alike, Act Alike … But Have Completely Different Origins," 18 July 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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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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