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.
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- i·den·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- i·den·ti·cal·ness, noun
- non·i·den·ti·cal, adjective
- pseu·do·i·den·ti·cal, adjective
- qua·si-i·den·ti·cal, adjective
- qua·si-i·den·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- un·i·den·ti·cal, adjective
- un·i·den·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use identical in a sentence
Every being is so deeply rooted in others that it is never identical with itself in the final analysis—its essence comprises far more what it is not.What the Meadow Teaches Us - Issue 90: Something Green | Andreas Weber | September 16, 2020 | Nautilus
Indeed, on the view known as “super-substantivalism,” material objects are not distinct from spacetime but are rather identical with massy regions of spacetime.The Universe Knows Right from Wrong - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Philip Goff | September 9, 2020 | Nautilus
The rest of the images in this gallery will be the old OnePlus 8 Pro, since they're nearly identical.OnePlus 8T reportedly launches in October with 120Hz OLED, Snapdragon 865+ | Ron Amadeo | September 4, 2020 | Ars Technica
The Many-Worlds Interpretation has it that each time we make a measurement, reality splits into several alternative versions, identical except for the measurement outcome.Your Guide to the Many Meanings of Quantum Mechanics - Facts So Romantic | Sabine Hossenfelder | September 3, 2020 | Nautilus
On the other side of the balance, investors preferred pitches presented by male entrepreneurs compared to those made by female entrepreneurs, even when the content was exactly identical, another Harvard study revealed.An in-person oral exam at a prestigious school was scrapped—and more women were admitted | kdunn6 | August 26, 2020 | Fortune
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 | Michael Daly | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The pieces are near-identical, excepting the signature buttons on the Chanel suit and a few small tailoring details.
Experts pointed us to identical passages in each of the four Geneva treaties, known as "Common Article 3."
In the midst of these efforts, she was raising identical twin sons, Julian—“the reserved one” and Joaquin—“the outgoing one.”
Because as Ralphie explains to me, “every team has identical software and identical weather.”
These granules are identical with the corresponding granules in the leukocytes just described.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Severe secondary anemia sometimes gives an identical picture.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Mere hastiness or slovenliness of work is not identical with the effect of inability to achieve mechanical neatness.Antonio Stradivari | Horace William Petherick
Also a comparison based on numbers of troops would prove to be beside the point, for conditions cannot be identical.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
One black key is made to serve, for instance, for D sharp and for E flat, whereas the two notes are in reality not identical.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
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
- identically, adverb
- identicalness, noun
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