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Noun: identity  I'den-ti-tee
  1. The distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity
    "you can lose your identity when you join the army";
    - personal identity, individuality
     
  2. 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"
     
  3. An operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates
    "the identity under numerical multiplication is 1";
    - identity element, identity operator
     
  4. Exact sameness
    "they shared an identity of interests";
    - identicalness, indistinguishability

Derived forms: identities

Type of: identification, operator, personality, recognition, sameness

Encyclopedia: Identity, Tradition, and Sovereignty