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.

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There’s a lot of anger about how uninteresting Manhattan is becoming, and this development fits in with that whole cultural sameness thing. Randall Roberts,, "Amoeba Music building set to be replaced — but where’s the store's new location?," 25 June 2019 This physical universality is a unifying sign of our global times, but there’s an ocean of difference between similarity and sameness; this evening’s one weakness is that there are several almost identical compositional motifs. Janine Parker,, "Much to relish from Ballet BC at Jacob’s Pillow," 21 June 2019 Tsoi learned that fitting in required adopting a certain sameness to succeed. Bob Morris, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Immigrant finds his calling with civic, cultural bridge-building," 17 June 2019 Many of these social-media controversies share a dreary sameness. David French, National Review, "Social-Media Censorship Is the Product of Culture and Commerce," 6 June 2019 Las Olas’ recent restaurant resurgence has been marked by a dispiriting sameness, with a parade of Italian, sushi and contemporary American openings. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Bombay Darbar brings some new flavor (Indian) to Las Olas," 13 June 2019 Don’t contribute to the sameness that makes a dining scene boring. San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 restaurant owners talk about working hard, food trends and even having fun," 9 June 2019 There was a time when natives and art critics decried the sameness and pedestrian nature of seascapes and boats, boats, boats. James R. Carroll, USA TODAY, "Cape Ann, Massachusetts: A charming alternative to Cape Cod with sandy beaches and fried clams," 3 June 2019 But so many others are possessed of a dreadful, unremarked upon sameness, and an unremitting nobility that can leave this reader feeling a bit mutinous. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "What the Living Can Learn by Looking Death Straight in the Eye," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of sameness

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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.
2 : monotony

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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