Definition of identity
1 a : sameness of essential or generic character in different instances b : sameness in all that constitutes the objective reality of a thing : oneness
3 : the condition of being the same with something described or asserted <establish the identity of stolen goods>
4 : an equation that is satisfied for all values of the symbols
5 : identity element
Examples of identity in a sentence
The identity of the criminal is not known.
They produced their passports as proof of their identities.
They arrested the wrong man. It was a case of mistaken identity.
As children grow, they establish their own identities.
people who seem to lack individual identity
His art reflects his cultural identity.
Origin and Etymology 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
IDENTITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of identity for English Language Learners
: who someone is : the name of a person
: the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others
IDENTITY Defined for Kids
Definition of identity for Students
1 : the set of qualities and beliefs that make one person or group different from others : individuality <Children establish their own identities.>
2 : the fact of being the same person or thing as claimed <Can you prove your identity?>
3 : the fact or condition of being exactly alike : sameness <He proved the identity of the two books' authorship.>
Legal Definition of identity
1 : sameness of essential character or aspect <collateral estoppel requires identity of the issues and the parties>
2a : separate or distinct existence <when movables lose their identity or become an integral part of the immovable — Louisiana Civil Code> b : distinguishing character of a person; especially : information (as a name or address) that distinguishes a person <is required to reveal the identity of an informer> <but for a mistake concerning the proper party's identity — Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 15(c)>
3 : the condition of being the same as a thing or person described, claimed, or accused <character evidence of a suspect's past crimes may be admitted to prove the identity of a crime's perpetrator>
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