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identity

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noun iden·ti·ty \ī-ˈden-tə-tē, ə-, -ˈde-nə-\

Simple Definition of identity

  • : who someone is : the name of a person

  • : the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others

Full Definition of identity

plural iden·ti·ties

  1. 1 a :  sameness of essential or generic character in different instances b :  sameness in all that constitutes the objective reality of a thing :  oneness

  2. 2 a :  the distinguishing character or personality of an individual :  individuality b :  the relation established by psychological identification

  3. 3 :  the condition of being the same with something described or asserted <establish the identity of stolen goods>

  4. 4 :  an equation that is satisfied for all values of the symbols

  5. 5 :  identity element

Examples of identity

  1. The identity of the criminal is not known.

  2. They produced their passports as proof of their identities.

  3. They arrested the wrong man. It was a case of mistaken identity.

  4. As children grow, they establish their own identities.

  5. people who seem to lack individual identity

  6. His art reflects his cultural identity.



Origin of identity

Middle French identité, from Late Latin identitat-, identitas, probably from Latin identidem repeatedly, contraction of idem et idem, literally, same and same


First Known Use: 1570

Rhymes with identity


Medical Dictionary

identity

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noun iden·ti·ty \ī-ˈden(t)-ət-ē, ə-ˈ\

Medical Definition of identity

plural iden·ti·ties

  1. 1:  the distinguishing character or personality of an individual

  2. 2:  the relation established by psychological identification






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