Definition of Identity

1. Noun. The distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity. "You can lose your identity when you join the army"

Exact synonyms: Individuality, Personal Identity
Generic synonyms: Personality
Specialized synonyms: Gender Identity, Identification, Personhood
Derivative terms: Identify

2. Noun. The individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known. "She guessed the identity of his lover"
Generic synonyms: Identification, Recognition
Derivative terms: Identify, Identify, Identify

3. Noun. An operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates. "The identity under numerical multiplication is 1"
Exact synonyms: Identity Element, Identity Operator
Generic synonyms: Operator

4. Noun. Exact sameness. "They shared an identity of interests"

Definition of Identity

1. n. The state or quality of being identical, or the same; sameness.

Definition of Identity

1. Noun. The sameness some individuals share to make up the same kind or universal. ¹

2. Noun. The difference or character that marks off an individual from the rest of the same kind, selfhood. ¹

3. Noun. A name or persona—the mask or appearance one presents to the world—by which one is known. ¹

4. Noun. Knowledge of who one is. ¹

5. Noun. (algebra computing) Any function which maps all elements of its domain to themselves. ¹

6. Noun. (algebra) An element of an algebraic structure which, when applied to another element under an operation in that structure, yields this, second element. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Identity

1. the essential character of a person or thing [n -TIES]

Medical Definition of Identity

1. 1. The state or quality of being identical, or the same; sameness. "Identity is a relation between our cognitions of a thing, not between things themselves." (Sir W. Hamilton) 2. 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. 3. An identical equation. Origin: F. Identite, LL. Identitas, fr. L. Idem the same, from the root of is he, that; cf. Skr. Idam this. Cf. Item. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Identity

identified
identifier
identifiers
identifies
identify
identifying
identifying(a)
identikit
identikits
identism
identitarian
identitarianism
identitarianisms
identitarians
identities
identity (current term)
identity card
identity cards
identity crises
identity crisis
identity disorder
identity element
identity function
identity functions
identity matrix
identity of indiscernibles
identity operator
identity theft
identity thefts
identity verification

Literary usage of Identity

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"When we see anything to be in any identity place in any instant of time, we are sure (be it what it will) that it is that very thing, and not another which ..."

2. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"For here it is always one side or the other— identity or difference—which ... For example, to say that heredity is a law of identity in difference, ..."

3. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"For here it is always one side or the other— identity or difference—which ... For example, to say that heredity is a law of identity in difference, ..."

4. Principles of the English Law of Contract by William Reynell Anson (1879)
"(6) Mistake as to the identity of the subject-matter of a " contract. Mistake of An agreement may be void on the ground of mistake identity, ..."

5. The Works of John Locke by John Locke (1823)
"Of identity and Diversity. § 1. ANOTHER occasion the mind often wherein takes of comparing, is the very being of identity con- things ; when considering any ..."

6. Principles of forensic medicine by William Augustus Guy, David Ferrier (1875)
"PART I. CHAPTER I. PERSONAL identity. AGE. SEX. EN called upon to examine the hody or remains of some unknown person, we may have first to ascertain the sex ..."

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