|—n , pl -ties|
|1.||the state of having unique identifying characteristics held by no other person or thing|
|2.||the individual characteristics by which a person or thing is recognized|
|3.||Also called: numerical identity the property of being one and the same individual: his loss of memory did not affect his identity|
|4.||Also called: qualitative identity the state of being the same in nature, quality, etc: they were linked by the identity of their tastes|
|5.||the state of being the same as a person or thing described or claimed: the identity of the stolen goods has not yet been established|
|6.||identification of oneself as: moving to London destroyed his Welsh identity|
|a. that relation that holds only between any entity and itself|
|b. an assertion that that relation holds, as Cicero is Tully|
|a. an equation that is valid for all values of its variables, as in (x -- y)(x + y) = x² -- y². Often denoted by the symbol ≡|
|b. See also inverse Also called: identity element a member of a set that when operating on another member, x, produces that member x: the identity for multiplication of numbers is 1 since x.1 = 1.x = x|
|9.||informal (Austral), (NZ) a well-known person, esp in a specified locality; figure (esp in the phrase an old identity)|
|[C16: from Late Latin identitās, from Latin idem the same]|
identity i·den·ti·ty (ī-děn'tĭ-tē)
The set of behavioral or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable as a member of a group.
The distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity; individuality.