same·​ness | \ ˈsām-nəs How to pronounce sameness (audio) \

Definition of sameness

1 : the quality or state of being the same : identity, similarity

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Examples of sameness in a Sentence

the sameness of the two methods There is a sameness to his stories that makes them too predictable.
Recent Examples on the Web The twin fads of socialism and nationalism are best understood as competing attempts to impose sameness and order on each side’s own terms. Jonah Goldberg Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "In American politics today, the center is a lonely place to be," 9 Sep. 2020 But despite its failure almost a century ago, Fordlândia successfully predicted the future of cities: utter sameness, exported globally. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "Why Every City Feels the Same Now," 24 Aug. 2020 In the sameness that life often breeds, Mabel stood as a sentinel to change, a bundle of unpredictability. Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | STEVE STRAESSLE: Not quite right," 5 Sep. 2020 Instead of creating a unique new ad campaign, tired slogans blend together in a sea of sameness. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Originality pays handsomely, in art and at work. Just ask Paul McCartney," 23 Aug. 2020 The birds want each day to be the same because there is safety for potential prey in sameness: flight, hunt, return, nurture. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, "There Are No Weekends Any More: How the Pandemic Has Rearranged Time," 29 May 2020 Perhaps a temptation exists to see a sameness in these summer days, suggestive of the idea that one 90-degree day becomes, in time, very much like another. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "It’s summer, three weeks after the solstice, and the heat goes on," 12 July 2020 Because there are so many of [these movies], and there’s been a bit of a sameness. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Woman Who Made the Best Action Movie of 2020," 9 July 2020 These conversations usually involve emphasizing the sameness between all people, and minimize or deny the idea of differences between races. David Chae, Leoandra Onnie Rogers And Tiffany Yip, CNN, "White parents: Talk to your kids about racism to raise more empathic adults," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of sameness

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Sep 2020

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“Sameness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sameness

: the quality or state of being alike or of not changing


same·​ness | \ ˈsām-nəs How to pronounce sameness (audio) \

Kids Definition of sameness

1 : the quality or state of being identical or like another There was a sameness to his stories.

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