Meaning of IDENTITY in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ī-ˈden-tə-tē, ə-, -ˈde-nə- ]


( plural -ties )

Etymology: Middle French identité, from Late Latin identitat-, identitas, probably from Latin identidem repeatedly, contraction of idem et idem, literally, same and same

Date: 1570


a. : sameness of essential or generic character in different instances

b. : sameness in all that constitutes the objective reality of a thing : oneness


a. : the distinguishing character or personality of an individual : individuality

b. : the relation established by psychological identification

3. : the condition of being the same with something described or asserted

establish the identity of stolen goods

4. : an equation that is satisfied for all values of the symbols

5. : identity element

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