Definition of identical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌīˈden(t)ək(ə)l/


1Similar in every detail; exactly alike: four girls in identical green outfits the passage on the second floor was identical to the one below
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  • For the final day, Torrance has picked an outfit identical to the one he wore while sinking that putt 17 years ago.
  • It was otherwise identical to the other Pizza Express restaurants in every detail.
  • To the untrained ear, the Wagnerian clarinet sounds almost identical to its more modern cousin.
indistinguishable, (exactly) the same, uniform, twin, duplicate, interchangeable, synonymous, undifferentiated, equivalent, homogeneous, of a piece, cut from the same cloth;
alike, like, matching, like (two) peas in a pod;
1.1(Of twins) developed from a single fertilized ovum, and therefore of the same sex and usually very similar in appearance. Compare with fraternal (sense 2).
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  • Siamese twins are identical twins who develop with a single placenta from a single zygote.
  • If one of a pair of identical twins develops leukaemia, in one out of four cases the other will also do so, within weeks or months.
  • In his place now stands Cary, Grant's identical twin brother plus an extra hundred pounds.
1.2 [attributive] (Of something encountered on separate occasions) the same: she stole a suitcase from the identical station at which she had been arrested before
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  • The solicitor should not be exposed to two separate actions for the identical loss.
  • Does a restaurant get three stars here only if the identical restaurant would get three stars in Paris?
same, very same, selfsame, very, one and the same;
aforementioned, aforesaid, aforenamed, above, above-stated;
foregoing, preceding
2 Logic & Mathematics Expressing an identity: an identical proposition
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  • Two sets are said to be identical when for each element of the one set an identical element of the other set can be given.
  • When the series terminates with the identical operation, G is said to be an integrable group; in the contrary case G is called non- integrable.


Late 16th century (sense 2): from medieval Latin identicus, from late Latin identitas (see identity).

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Syllabification: i·den·ti·cal

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