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i·den·ti·cal  audio  (-dnt-kl) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Being the same: another orator who used the senator's identical words.
  2. Exactly equal and alike.
  3. Having such a close similarity or resemblance as to be essentially equal or interchangeable.
  4. 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.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Medieval Latin identicus, from Late Latin identits, identity ; see identity

OTHER 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 or to is acceptable.


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