identification

[ahy-den-tuh-fi-key-shuhn, ih-den-]
noun
1.
an act or instance of identifying; the state of being identified.
2.
something that identifies a person, animal, or thing: He carries identification with him at all times.
3.
Sociology. acceptance as one's own of the values and interests of a social group.
4.
Psychology.
a.
a process by which one ascribes to oneself the qualities or characteristics of another person.
b.
(in psychoanalytic theory) the transference or reaction to one person with the feelings or responses relevant to another, as the identification of a teacher with a parent.
c.
perception of another as an extension of oneself.

Origin:
1635–45; identi(fy) + -fication

nonidentification, noun
overidentification, noun
preidentification, noun
reidentification, noun


1. association, connection, affiliation.
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identification (aɪˌdɛntɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of identifying or the state of being identified
2.  a.  something that identifies a person or thing
 b.  (as modifier): an identification card
3.  psychol
 a.  the process of recognizing specific objects as the result of remembering
 b.  See also empathy the process by which one incorporates aspects of another person's personality
 c.  See also generalization the transferring of a response from one situation to another because the two bear similar features

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identification i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion (ī-děn'tə-fĭ-kā'shən)
n.

  1. A person's association with the qualities, characteristics, or views of another person or group.

  2. An unconscious process by which a person transfers the response appropriate to a particular person or group to a different person or group.

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Example sentences
These ridges form, in different individuals, distinctive and permanent patterns
  which can be used for purposes of identification.
The first case may be referred to as identification, the second as composition.
Now, it is plain that such identification must have been much more perfect in a
  state of nature than it is in a state of reason.
As the military learned, positive identification depends on having a large data
  set of known insurgents.
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