identical Definition

  • 1exactly the same, alike in every way
  • 2similar or alike in every way except for minor differences

Using identical: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "identical" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The two paintings are identical.

  • Example

    The twins were dressed in identical clothes.

  • Example

    The two cars are almost identical except for their color.

  • Example

    The fingerprints were identical, proving that he was at the scene of the crime.

identical Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for identical

Phrases with identical

  • twins who develop from a single fertilized egg and are therefore genetically identical


    Mary and Jane are identical twins.

  • elements that have the same value or properties


    In mathematics, two sets are identical if they have the same elements.

  • identical particles

    particles that are indistinguishable from each other, such as electrons or photons


    In quantum mechanics, identical particles obey the Pauli exclusion principle.

Origins of identical

from Medieval Latin 'identicus', from Latin 'idem' meaning 'same'


Summary: identical in Brief

The term 'identical' [aɪˈdentɪkl̩] refers to things that are exactly the same or very similar with only minor differences. It can describe physical objects like paintings or cars, as well as abstract concepts like fingerprints or mathematical sets. 'Identical' is often used to describe twins who are genetically the same, and it is also used in scientific contexts to describe particles that are indistinguishable from each other.

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