Meaning of IDENTICAL in English


-tə̇kəl, -tēk- adjective

Etymology: probably from Medieval Latin identic us (from Late Latin identitas identity + Latin -icus -ic) + English -al

1. : expressing or effecting identity — used chiefly of propositions in logic and of equations and operations in mathematics

2. : being the same : having complete identity

the identical place where we stopped before

— often used with same or very for emphasis

the same identical menu

the very identical house


a. : showing exact likeness : characterized by such entire agreement in qualities and attributes that identity may be assumed — often used with with and sometimes with to

a replica that is identical with the original

b. : very similar : having such close resemblance and such minor difference as to be essentially the same : appearing or seeming exactly alike

saw the identical dress on sale for three dollars

the two plants were identical

— often used with with or to

his examination paper was identical to his brother's

political issues are seldom identical with religious

4. : having the same cause or origin

identical infections

Synonyms: see like , same

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.