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 Probably not, since there was often a sameness to the results under that system. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 20 Sep. 2021 Simone Leigh is another example of an artist who’s hyped to the ends of the earth, but there’s a sameness to her. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 2 Sep. 2021 Leaders learned during the pandemic that fairness does not mean sameness, and that employees want to be seen, heard, and understood, and to have their individual work needs met. John M. Bremen, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Community doesn’t have to mean collective sameness. Ria Teitelbaum, Wired, 26 July 2021 But thoughtful regulations can ensure that the exuberant and life-affirming creativity of the past year will continue; overly strict ones could enforce a numbing sameness. New York Times, 29 June 2021 My 3-year-old was used to the sameness of the days and the constancy of our unit. Dianne Gallagher, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 Will better engineering produce CNNs that understand sameness and difference in the generalizable way that children do? Quanta Magazine, 23 June 2021 All of you lived with relentless sameness, in shrunken worlds., 19 June 2021

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First Known Use of sameness

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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22 Sep 2021

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“Sameness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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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