Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or condition of being the same.
  • noun A lack of variety or change; monotony.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The being the same; oneness; the negation of otherness; identity: as, the sameness of an unchangeable being.
  • noun Essential resemblance; oneness of nature: as, a sameness of manner.
  • noun Want of variety; tedious monotony: as, the sameness of objects in a landscape.
  • noun Synonyms and Sameness, Identity. Sameness may be internal or external; identity is internal or essential: as, sameness of personal appearance; the identity of Saladin with Ilderim and Adonbec. One book may be the same as another, but cannot be identical with it. Saladin and Ilderim and Adonbec were the same man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being the same; identity; absence of difference; near resemblance; correspondence; similarity.
  • noun Hence, want of variety; tedious monotony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the quality of being the same; identity
  • noun the state of being equivalent; equality
  • noun a tiring lack of variety; monotony

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of variety
  • noun the quality of being alike

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

same +‎ -ness

Examples

  • But there is a certain sameness, a certain smoothing out of variation, among Hollywood actors, and I don't see why we should settle for that in our inspiration to prose.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • Rather mire in sameness, then admit to defeat .... hopefully you will come to your senses and make the right decision.

    Uncommitted Senate superdelegates meeting

  • In general though, there is too much average, mediocre, and dull to be found here, and a certain sameness of tone perhaps in the inferior examples.

    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: The Del Rey Book Of Science Fiction and Fantasy - Ellen Datlow

  • In nearly all these cases there is a certain sameness: The Koran is quoted as the moral authority of the perpetrators; terrorism is the preferred method of violence; Jews are usually blamed; dozens of rambling complaints are aired, and killers are often considered stateless, at least in the sense that the countries in which they seek shelter or conduct business or find support do not accept culpability for their actions.

    Sound Politics: "The Brink of Madness"

  • I also observed Google referencing several “news” sites that contain almost exactly the same text, so this excuse for weeding out a source due to sameness is just that – a lame excuse.

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  • He does not begin by commending stability, but by mapping out an environment where the long-term sameness of my company will not breed bitterness, cynicism and fear of openness with one another.

    'Shaping Holy Lives', a Conference on Benedictine Spirituality

  • But it's clear that the app launcher grid-or as Microsoft called it, the "sameness" - is something Microsoft trying to avoid, and that the list is secondary.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Gadgets

  • But it's clear that the app launcher grid-or as Microsoft called it, the "sameness" - is something Microsoft trying to avoid, and that the list is secondary.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Gadgets

  • But it's clear that the app launcher grid-or as Microsoft called it, the "sameness" - is something Microsoft trying to avoid, and that the list is secondary.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Gadgets

  • The country's strength is its diverse social fabric and its weakness is the movement to create some kind of 'sameness' - something that informs the agendas of both political parties.

    Kafila

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