same·​ness ˈsām-nəs How to pronounce sameness (audio)
: the quality or state of being the same : identity, similarity

Example Sentences

the sameness of the two methods There is a sameness to his stories that makes them too predictable.
Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, there’s a structural sameness that saps the sense of anything-can-happen surprise. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Jan. 2023 Many automakers improve their cars by forever chasing the Holy Grail of refinement, a strategy that tends to push many designs toward a certain sameness. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, 3 Jan. 2023 The idea of sameness, of homogenization, comes with digital. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2022 That process destroyed the perfect sameness of hot, melted nothing, just as freezing imposes structure on water. WIRED, 18 Oct. 2022 This dual story has a sort of rigid, inflexible sameness — maybe all unhappy relationships are unhappy in the same way, at least in writer Jez Butterworth’s vision of things. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 10 Nov. 2022 My mind really goes haywire with too much comfort; too much sameness and stability. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Nov. 2022 In the green sameness of late summer, any plant with extra pizzazz stands out. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 21 Aug. 2022 There's a sameness to electric acceleration, but AMG makes an effort to hold onto its history of rear-wheel-drive excitement in Sport and Sport+ modes. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 14 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sameness was in 1581

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Cite this Entry

“Sameness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


same·​ness ˈsām-nəs How to pronounce sameness (audio)
: the quality or state of being the same : identity

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