- 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
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Examples from the Web for identical
The cap devices on thousands of identical hats glinted in the late morning sun along with the shields worn by each of the cops.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
Experts pointed us to identical passages in each of the four Geneva treaties, known as "Common Article 3."Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 14
December 14, 2014
Because as Ralphie explains to me, “every team has identical software and identical weather.”Inside Sailing’s Biggest Race
October 11, 2014
When you see these identical birds through his fascination with mirrors, the gift makes sense.Vogue Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld: Secrets of a Fashion Legend
September 14, 2014
Had Richard III been able to install a tape recorder in his palaces the ranting might well have been identical.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab
July 27, 2014
I am almost sure I have seen that identical carriage before.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The living quarters of the physicians were identical with those on the chemists' level.City of Endless Night
If it is not this identical system, it is a variation of it.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
It admits of but one attribution, and that embracing an identical proposition.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
It will be readily seen that by this process the offspring are identical with the parent.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
- Also called: numerically identical being one and the same individualCicero 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 twoCompare fraternal (def. 3)
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.
- Exactly equal and alike.
- 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.