l) KEY ADJECTIVE:
- Being the same: another orator who used the senator's identical words.
- Exactly equal and alike.
- Having such a close similarity or resemblance as to be essentially equal or interchangeable.
- 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.
From Medieval Latin identicus
, from Late Latin identits
; see identityOTHER FORMS:i·denti·cal·ly(Adverb)
, i·denti·cal·ness(Noun)Usage Note:
Some authorities on usage specify with
as the preferred preposition after identical,
but either with