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[ahy-den-ti-kuh l, ih-den-] /aɪˈdɛn tɪ kəl, ɪˈdɛn-/
similar or alike in every way:
The two cars are identical except for their license plates.
being the very same; selfsame:
This is the identical room we stayed in last year.
agreeing exactly:
identical opinions.
Origin of identical
1610-20; < Medieval Latin identic(us) identic + -al1
Related forms
identically, adverb
identicalness, noun
nonidentical, adjective
pseudoidentical, adjective
quasi-identical, adjective
quasi-identically, adverb
unidentical, adjective
unidentically, adverb
3. congruous, congruent, equal, matching. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for identical
  • Instead the walls are lined with row after row of identical plaques.
  • On the face of things, the outcomes are identical in both situations.
  • Animals and their clones, though, don't always look identical.
  • Two castes of paper wasps are genetically identical.
  • If you raise these tasty posies with identical care, you can pluck them from your own garden for dining.
  • The company decides that they will retrofit a number of identical planes and refuel in the air.
  • The buildings have identical heights and footprints, but their entrances tell the story of architecture's evolution.
  • Those figures have remained almost identical for three years in a row-and are down on those of a decade ago.
  • Fill five identical plastic bottles with varying amounts of water.
  • Being identical to human hormones means they are unpatentable.
British Dictionary definitions for identical


Also called numerically identical. being one and the same individual: Cicero and Tully are identical
Also called quantitatively identical. exactly alike, equal, or agreeing
designating either or both of a pair of twins of the same sex who developed from a single fertilized ovum that split into two Compare fraternal (sense 3)
Derived Forms
identically, adverb
identicalness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin identicus, from Latin idem the same
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Word Origin and History for identical

1610s, as a term in logic, from Medieval Latin identicus "the same," from Late Latin identitas "identity, sameness," ultimately from comb. form of Latin idem "the same" (from id "it, that one;" see id) + demonstrative suffix -dem. General sense of "being the same or very similar" is from 1630s. Replaced Middle English idemptical (late 15c.), from Medieval Latin idemptitas "identity," from Latin idem. Related: Identically.

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identical in Medicine

identical i·den·ti·cal (ī-děn'tĭ-kəl)

  1. Exactly equal and alike.

  2. Of or relating to a twin or twins developed from the same fertilized ovum and having the same genetic makeup and closely similar appearance; monozygotic.

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