1. Being the same: another orator who used the senator's identical words.
2. Exactly equal and alike: Your car is identical to mine. Are the fingerprints at the crime scene identical with those of the accused?
3. 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 identitās, identity; see IDENTITY.]
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