self-iden·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌself-ī-ˌden-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce self-identification (audio)
: identification with someone or something outside oneself

Examples of self-identification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, this figure is likely an undercount since the data relies on self-identification, which many students and families choose not to disclose. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 So when Spain’s new law on gender self-identification came into effect, Ivan – then 16 years old – wasted no time setting up an appointment to change his information in the Spanish civil registry. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Mar. 2024 The number of global companies reporting on the self-identification of people with disabilities within their workforce, however, will likely grow in the near future. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2024 Weights may include average partisan self-identification in current and recent ABC/Post data, based on a standardized rule. ABC News, 9 Jan. 2024 But through it all, Mahmood, who declined to participate in the series, remains a loathsome cipher, a shadowy cretin hiding behind his dubious self-identification as a journalist. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 25 Sep. 2023 The same year, Vizient also expanded their inclusive policies by introducing a company-wide self-identification program and LGBTQ-specific training. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 In response, Gaines took to social media to blast Trudeau’s policies which allow the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) to have a gender self-identification Trans Inclusion Policy, announced earlier this year, that allows males to participate in women’s competitions based on gender alone. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 14 Aug. 2023 The latter tune gives each singer a verse to describe personal insecurities — defying tongue-in-cheek self-identifications as Satanist, nihilist and anarchist. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 18 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-identification was in 1829

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“Self-identification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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