identical[ī den′ti kəl]
- The definition of identical is a person or thing that is exactly like another.
An example of identical is two people wearing the same dress.
Identical seats in a stadium.
- the very same
- exactly alike or equal: often followed by with or to
- designating twins, always of the same sex, developed from a single fertilized ovum and very much alike in physical appearance
Origin of identicalidentic + -al
- Being the same: another orator who used the senator's identical words.
- Exactly equal and alike: Your car is identical to mine. Are the fingerprints at the crime scene identical with those of the accused?
- Biology 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.
Origin of identicalFrom Medieval Latin identicus, from Late Latin identitās, identity; see identity.
(comparative more identical, superlative most identical)
- (not comparable) Bearing full likeness by having precisely the same set of characteristics; indistinguishable.
- (not comparable) Not different or other; not another or others; not different as regards self; selfsame; numerically identical.
- (not comparable, biology) Of twins, sharing the same genetic code.
- (not comparable, mathematics) Exactly equivalent.
- (comparable, rare) Approximating or approaching exact equivalence.
- 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.
terms etymologically related to "identical"
- (usually pluralized, chiefly philosophy) Something which has exactly the same properties as something else.
From identic + -al.