Definition of identical in English:

identical

adjective

  • 1Similar in every detail; exactly alike.

    ‘four girls in identical green outfits’
    ‘the passage on the second floor was identical to the one below’
    • ‘For the final day, Torrance has picked an outfit identical to the one he wore while sinking that putt 17 years ago.’
    • ‘The new towns today are not identical to the blueprints that birthed them.’
    • ‘The survival rate for men in America is nearly identical to women.’
    • ‘The bakers Warburtons are running a TV commercial for a new loaf that is identical to a wholemeal loaf - except that it is white.’
    • ‘In many ways, many of the church's messages today are similar but far from identical to those preached by Martin Luther.’
    • ‘They found it in several Impressionist paintings in which some of the main visual themes were identical to myopic vision.’
    • ‘After the exam I was handed off to the saleslady; we found frames identical to my present set.’
    • ‘Some of the ‘actors’ live lives identical to the parts they play in the movie.’
    • ‘And in this film, more than any before it, the generated people look almost identical to the real thing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As with the prints in the palm of human beings, which varies from person to person, no cobra is identical to another, he said.’
    • ‘Each room is bright white and practically identical to the next, with only minor differences.’
    • ‘The scam is almost identical to one three years ago when a group of South Africans trying to con another Asian entrepreneur were caught in a police sting.’
    • ‘The really fascinating thing about apples, though, is that each apple is genetically identical to other apples of the same variety.’
    • ‘This show was almost identical to the afternoon show, with a song or two swapped out on the set list, plus a song from Silver as a favor to label owner, Cory.’
    • ‘Their intermarriage rate is 21%, nearly identical to that of other religious groups.’
    • ‘It's always different, and no situation is identical to anything else.’
    • ‘According to Emily's father, Ross looks almost identical to his porcelain-complexioned daughter.’
    • ‘He was playing a tune that was almost identical to Rod Stewart's Sailing but wasn't quite, presumably for copyright reasons.’
    similar, alike, indistinguishable, uniform, twin, interchangeable, undifferentiated, homogeneous, of a piece, cut from the same cloth
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    1. 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
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Studies of identical twins suggest that your baseline metabolism is determined at birth.’
      • ‘Jesse and William, identical twins, were born two years later, and Tyrelle, two years after them.’
      • ‘The shared genetic identity of identical twins does not mean two persons who are simply clones of one another.’
      • ‘She took into account the different ties and shirts, and realized that the pair must be identical twins.’
      • ‘Overall, a person with a gay identical twin is at least 10 times more likely to be gay.’
      • ‘Siamese twins are identical twins who develop with a single placenta from a single zygote.’
      • ‘Born as identical twins in Wales, they grew up in the UK with a mother with major mental illness and a shared history of abuse.’
      • ‘My sister is Reese, and she's my identical twin, but our personalities are like night and day.’
      • ‘Just as identical twins are unique people, not the same person split in two.’
      • ‘Since they are identical twins, they have to be the same sex, so twin 1 might be John Smith and twin 2 might be James Smith.’
      • ‘In his place now stands Cary, Grant's identical twin brother plus an extra hundred pounds.’
      • ‘Unless you have an identical twin with extra hair to donate, you must serve as your own donor.’
      • ‘I didn't know why but having identical twins sounded so cute.’
      • ‘It is not for nothing that the fingerprints of identical twins are not identical.’
      • ‘Even identical twins do not have exactly the same interests or personality.’
      • ‘The audience will be made up of groups including identical twins and students (the rest will be confirmed).’
      • ‘They are a rare form of identical twins, which are created when a fertilised egg splits into two embryos.’
      • ‘The prenatal environment also has a major influence on differences between identical twins.’
      • ‘They were identical twins, though, and they loved each other's company.’
    2. 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’
      • ‘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?’
  • 2Logic Mathematics
    Expressing an identity.

    ‘an identical proposition’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

identical

/ˌīˈden(t)ək(ə)l/