iden·​ti·​cal | \ ī-ˈden-ti-kəl How to pronounce identical (audio) , ə- \

Definition of identical

1 : being the same : selfsame the identical place we stopped before
2 : having such close resemblance as to be essentially the same identical hats often used with to or with
3a : having the same cause or origin identical infections

Other Words from identical

identically \ ī-​ˈden-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce identical (audio) , ə-​ \ adverb
identicalness \ ī-​ˈden-​ti-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce identical (audio) , ə-​ \ noun

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same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another. same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things. took the same route derived from the selfsame source very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same may imply likeness in kind. the very point I was trying to make identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details. identical results equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance. two houses equivalent in market value equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality. equal shares in the business

Examples of identical in a Sentence

We visited the identical place we stopped at last year. They were wearing identical coats. The boxes were identical in shape. They drove virtually identical cars. The results were identical to those of the first test.
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Recent Examples on the Web But recent research has shown that CNNs can tell if two simple visual patterns are identical or not only under very limited conditions. Quanta Magazine, 23 June 2021 The two Mama Mia's menus are similar, but not identical, and all are familiar names. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2021 The limits must be identical or at least as favorable as restrictions ordered against gatherings of similar risk, as identified by the Supreme Court. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 June 2021 The men’s short sleeve Henley tops and pull-on shorts and women’s tee-shirts and shorts are generic items and similar or identical styles seem to be available on the Gap site. Warren Shoulberg, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Some are similar or identical: House Bill 4 by South says no person will be required to take a vaccine that conflicts with their religious, personal, or philosophical beliefs. Mike Cason |, al, 1 Nov. 2021 Under Connecticut law, cannabis products may not be sold under a brand name that is identical or similar to the name of an existing non-cannabis product. Jesse Leavenworth,, 30 Oct. 2021 Under Connecticut law, cannabis products cannot be sold under a brand name that is identical to or similar to an existing non-cannabis product. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 28 Oct. 2021 Many did, however, identify a violation of agency of a kind with, if not identical to, rape. Sara Stewart, CNN, 15 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of identical

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for identical

probably from Medieval Latin identicus, from Late Latin identitas

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The first known use of identical was in 1581

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20 Nov 2021

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“Identical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of identical

: exactly the same
: exactly alike or equal


iden·​ti·​cal | \ ī-ˈden-ti-kəl How to pronounce identical (audio) \

Kids Definition of identical

1 : being one and the same We saw the identical movie last week.
2 : being exactly alike or equal They wore identical dresses.

Other Words from identical

identically \ -​kə-​lē \ adverb


iden·​ti·​cal | \ ī-ˈdent-i-kəl, ə- How to pronounce identical (audio) \

Medical Definition of identical

: monozygotic identical twins

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