identity: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ī-den'ti-tē, i-den'-), [key]
— pl. -ties.
- the state or fact of remaining the same one or ones, as under varying aspects or conditions: The identity of the fingerprints on the gun with those on file provided evidence that he was the killer.
- the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another: He doubted his own identity.
- condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is: a case of mistaken identity.
- the state or fact of being the same one as described.
- the sense of self, providing sameness and continuity in personality over time and sometimes disturbed in mental illnesses, as schizophrenia.
- exact likeness in nature or qualities: an identity of interests.
- an instance or point of sameness or likeness: to mistake resemblances for identities.
- an assertion that two terms refer to the same thing.
- an equation that is valid for all values of its variables.
- Also calledidentity element, unit element, unity.an element in a set such that the element operating on any other element of the set leaves the second element unchanged.
- the property of a function or map such that each element is mapped into itself.
- the function or map itself.
- an interesting, famous, or eccentric resident, usually of long standing in a community.
- identity (Thesaurus)