identical

identical

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English

Etymology

From identic +‎ -al.

Adjective

identical (comparative more identical, superlative most identical)

  1. (not comparable) Bearing full likeness by having precisely the same set of characteristics; indistinguishable.
  2. (not comparable) Not different or other; not another or others; not different as regards self; selfsame; numerically identical.
  3. (not comparable, biology) Of twins, sharing the same genetic code.
  4. (not comparable, mathematics) Exactly equivalent.
  5. (comparable, rare) Approximating or approaching exact equivalence.
    • 1788, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, The Federalist, XLI:
      The terms of Article 8th are still more identical.
  • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:identical.

Usage notes

  • In mathematics, this adjective can be used in phrases like "A and B are identical", "A is identical to B", and, less commonly, "A is identical with B".
  • Adverbs often used with "identical": absolutely, almost, nearly, practically, virtually, substantially.

Synonyms

  • (bearing full likeness): same
  • (selfsame): same, selfsame

Antonyms

  • contrasting
  • different
  • distinct
  • non-identical

Coordinate terms

  • (of twins): dizygotic

Derived terms

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Translations

Noun

identical (plural identicals)

  1. (usually pluralized, chiefly philosophy) Something which has exactly the same properties as something else.
  2. An identical twin.

Derived terms

  • indiscernibility of identicals

References

  • identical in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • identical in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • identical at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • ctenidial, diclinate, dinetical

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