superimposable

adjective

su·​per·​im·​pos·​able ˌsü-pər-im-ˈpō-zə-bəl How to pronounce superimposable (audio)
: able to be superimposed so as to align with another exactly and show no perceptible difference
While the media reported differing conclusions, surprisingly, the curves from the two studies when put on the same graph are almost superimposableJames McCormack
The two different forms of alanine are mirror images of each other, but they are not superimposable and therefore not identical.Des W. Connell

Examples of superimposable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, chiral molecular materials—molecules that exist as a pair of non-superimposable mirror images—will revolutionize quantum technologies. Jessica Wade, WIRED, 27 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of superimposable was in 1875

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“Superimposable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superimposable. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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