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[ahy-den-ti-kuh l, ih-den-] /aɪˈdɛn tɪ kəl, ɪˈdɛn-/

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.
Also called numerically identical. being one and the same individual: Cicero 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 two Compare fraternal (sense 3)

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.

nonidentical non·i·den·ti·cal (nŏn’ī-děn’tĭ-kəl)

identical i·den·ti·cal (ī-děn’tĭ-kəl)


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