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Definition 1: the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where identity or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • you can lose your identity when you join the army

Synonyms for identity in the sense of this definition

(identity is a kind of ...) the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual

"their different reactions reflected their very different personalities" "it is his nature to help others"

(... is a kind of identity ) your identity as it is experienced with regard to your individuality as male or female; awareness normally begin in infancy and is reinforced during adolescence

(... is a kind of identity ) the attribution to yourself (consciously or unconsciously) of the characteristics of another person (or group of persons)

(... is a kind of identity ) being a person

"finding her own personhood as a campus activist"

Definition 2: exact sameness - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where identity or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they shared an identity of interests

Synonyms for identity in the sense of this definition

(identity is a kind of ...) the quality of being alike

"sameness of purpose kept them together"

(... is a kind of identity ) the quality of being united into one

(... is a kind of identity ) the quality of being identical with itself

Definition 3: the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where identity or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 is a kind of ...) the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering

"a politician whose recall of names was as remarkable as his recognition of faces" "experimental psychologists measure the elapsed time from the onset of the stimulus to its recognition by the observer"

Definition 4: an operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where identity or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the identity under numerical multiplication is 1

Synonyms for identity in the sense of this definition

(identity is a kind of ...) (mathematics) a symbol or function representing a mathematical operation

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