Identity meaning

ī-dĕntĭ-tē
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The definition of identity is who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define you.

An example of identity is a person's name .

An example of identity are the traditional characteristics of an American.

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The difference or character that marks off an individual from the rest of the same kind, selfhood.
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Knowledge of who one is.

I've been through so many changes, I have no sense of identity.

This nation has a strong identity.

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A name or persona—the mask or appearance one presents to the world—by which one is known.

This criminal has taken on several identities.

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The condition or fact of being the same or exactly alike; sameness; oneness.

Groups united by identity of interests.

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The sameness some individuals share to make up the same kind or universal.
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(algebra, computing) Any function which maps all elements of its domain to themselves.
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(algebra) An element of an algebraic structure which, when applied to another element under an operation in that structure, yields this, second element.
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A sameness between two items or designs such that one violates patent rights held by the other.
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Information, such as an identification number, used to establish or prove a person's individuality, as in providing access to a credit account.
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An equation which is true for all permissible sets of values of the variables which appear in it: Ex.: x2 – y2 = (x + y) (x – y)
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Origin of identity

  • French identité from Old French identite from Late Latin identitās from Latin idem the same (influenced by Late Latin essentitās being,) (identidem repeatedly) from id it i- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French identité, from Latin idem (“the same”). See identical and idem.

    From Wiktionary