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Status vs Identical - What's the difference?

status | identical |

As nouns the difference between status and identical

is that status is status while identical is (usually|pluralized|chiefly|philosophy) something which has exactly the same properties as something else.

As an adjective identical is

(not comparable) bearing full likeness by having precisely the same set of characteristics; indistinguishable.




  • A person’s condition, position or standing relative to that of others.
  • Prestige or high standing.
  • * 1957 , Gladys Sellew and Paul Hanly Furfey, Sociology and Its Use in Nursing Service , Saunders, page 81
  • The king has status' in his kingdom, and the pauper has ' status within his immediate group of peers.
  • A situation or state of affairs.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-03-15, volume=410, issue=8878, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Turn it off , passage=If the takeover is approved, Comcast would control 20 of the top 25 cable markets, […]. Antitrust officials will need to consider Comcast's status as a monopsony (a buyer with disproportionate power), when it comes to negotiations with programmers, whose channels it pays to carry.}}
  • (label) The legal condition of a person or thing.
  • # The state (of a Canadian Indian) of being registered under the .
  • He is a status Indian.
  • (label) A function of some instant messaging applications, whereby a user may post a message that appears automatically to other users, if they attempt to make contact.
  • Derived terms

    * status quo * status symbol




    (en adjective)
  • (not comparable) Bearing full likeness by having precisely the same set of characteristics; indistinguishable.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1911, title=Encyclopædia Britannica, chapter=
  • , passage=By this means as many absolutely identical plates can be produced as may be required, and being hardened they will yield a very large number of prints without any appreciable deterioration.}}
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  • (not comparable) Not different or other; not another or others; not different as regards self; selfsame; numerically identical.
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  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, title=, by=W. C. Firebaugh, author=Petronius,
  • passage=Nor could I myself look upon this man without some emotion, for he seemed to be the identical  person who had picked up the ragged tunic in the lonely wood, and, as a matter of fact, he was!}}
  • (not comparable, biology) Of twins, sharing the same genetic code.
  • (not comparable, mathematics) Exactly equivalent.
  • (comparable, rare) Approximating or approaching exact equivalence.
  • * 1788 , , XLI:
  • The terms of Article 8th are still more identical .

    Usage notes

    * (en-usage-equal) * Adverbs often used with "identical": absolutely, almost, nearly, practically, virtually, substantially.


    * (bearing full likeness) same * (selfsame) same, selfsame


    * non-identical * different * distinct

    Derived terms

    * identically * identicalness


    (en noun)
  • (usually, pluralized, chiefly, philosophy) Something which has exactly the same properties as something else.
  • Derived terms

    * indiscernibility of identicals


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