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Definitions for Identity
aɪˈdɛn tɪ ti, ɪˈdɛn-iden·ti·ty
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identity, personal identity, individualitynoun
the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity
"you can lose your identity when you join the army"
the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known
"geneticists only recently discovered the identity of the gene that causes it"; "it was too dark to determine his identity"; "she guessed the identity of his lover"
identity, identity element, identity operatornoun
an operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates
"the identity under numerical multiplication is 1"
identity, identicalness, indistinguishabilitynoun
"they shared an identity of interests"
The sameness some individuals share to make up the same kind or universal.
The difference or character that marks off an individual from the rest of the same kind, selfhood.
A name or personathe mask or appearance one presents to the worldby which one is known.
This criminal has taken on several identities
Knowledge of who one is.
Any function which maps all elements of its domain to themselves.
An element of an algebraic structure which, when applied to another element under an operation in that structure, yields this, second element.
Etymology: Learned borrowing from Vulgar Latin identitas, from idem. See identical and idem.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Sameness; not diversity.
Etymology: identité, French; identitas, school Latin.
There is a fallacy of equivocation from a society in name, inferring an identity in nature: by this fallacy was he deceived that drank aqua-fortis for strong water. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Errours.
Certainly those actions must needs be regular, where there is an identity between the rule and the faculty. Robert South, Serm.
Considering any thing as existing, at any determined time and place, we compare it with itself existing at another time, and thereon form the ideas of identity and diversity. John Locke.
It cuts off the sense at the end of every first line, which must always rhime to the next following, and consequently produces too frequent an identity in sound, and brings every couplet to the point of an epigram. Matthew Prior.
the state or quality of being identical, or the same; sameness
the condition of being the same with something described or asserted, or of possessing a character claimed; as, to establish the identity of stolen goods
an identical equation
Etymology: [F. identit, LL. identitas, fr. L. idem the same, from the root of is he, that; cf. Skr. idam this. Cf. Item.]
In psychology and sociology, identity is a person's conception and expression of their individuality or group affiliations. The concept is given a great deal of attention in social psychology and is important in place identity.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ī-den′ti-ti, n. state of being the same: sameness.—adj. Iden′tical, the very same: not different.—adv. Iden′tically.—n. Iden′ticalness, identity. [Fr.,—Low L. identitat-em—L. idem, the same.]
Name, location of birth and date of birth of a person.
Your name or date of birth forms part of your identity.
Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020
The features and form that a person has.
My identity is different that of my twin as we both have different facial features and height.
Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020
British National Corpus
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Rank popularity for the word 'Identity' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2500
Rank popularity for the word 'Identity' in Nouns Frequency: #1042
The numerical value of Identity in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Identity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of Identity in a Sentence
When people do talk about the economy, it’s about how Ma’s Mainland trade and investment deals haven’t delivered equal benefits across society. Even those economic concerns, by definition, come back to cross-Strait and identity issues ... how can you brand companies and promote industries if you don’t even know who you are or what to call yourself?
Humanity's survival does not depend on reducing differences to a common identity, but on learning to live creatively with differences.
Biology—not identity—is what matters on the field, and that's why I will continue to stand up to restore fairness to my sport.
I ca n’t tell you who the new witnesses are, we’re not giving up their identity, what I can tell you about the new witnesses is, one, they’re not looking for limelight. They’re not looking to have anyone pay them for interviews. In fact, two of them, we actually had to seek out and find. … I can tell you that their account certainly corroborates Dennis Davern.
On Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Police Department informed Brentwood School that Upper School teacher, Dr. Aimee Palmitessa, had been arrested on suspicion of inappropriate relations with a student and is expected to face charges, the LAPD did not share additional information with us, such as the nature of the inappropriate relationship or the identity of the minor student.
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Translations for Identity
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- مطابقة, هويةArabic
- identitatCatalan, Valencian
- identita, totožnostCzech
- Identität, GleichheitGerman
- henkilöllisyys, identiteettiFinnish
- ionannachd, dearbh-aithneScottish Gaelic
- アイデンティティ, 身元, 素性, 同一, 氏名, 同一性Japanese
- identiteiten, identiteit, persoonlijkheidDutch
- identitetNorwegian Nynorsk
- иденти́чность, тожде́ственность, индивидуа́льность, ли́чные да́нные, ли́чностьRussian
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