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# identity

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

• noun The condition of being a certain person or thing.
• noun The set of characteristics by which a person or thing is definitively recognizable or known.
• noun The awareness that an individual or group has of being a distinct, persisting entity.
• noun The fact or condition of being the same as something else.
• noun The fact or condition of being associated or affiliated with something else.
• noun Information, such as an identification number, used to establish or prove a person's individuality, as in providing access to a credit account.
• noun An equation that is satisfied by any number that replaces the letter for which the equation is defined.
• noun Identity element.

### from The Century Dictionary.

• noun In mathematics: The relation of an expression to another symbol for itself: often denoted by three short parallel horizontal lines, ≡ (derived from the mark of equality, =).
• noun In algebra: A relation of equivalence dependent only upon the very nature of the operations involved, and not at all upon the particular numbers operated with: for example, the identity of ab with ba.
• noun An identical equation; an equation for any letter in which any number whatsoever may be substituted without destroying the equality or restricting the values of any other letter: for example, (a + b) + c = a + (b + c).
• noun The state of being the same; absolute sameness; that relation which anything bears to itself; loosely, essential or practical sameness. Properly, identity belongs only to the individual, thing, being, event, etc.

### from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

• noun The state or quality of being identical, or the same; sameness.
• noun The condition of being the same with something described or asserted, or of possessing a character claimed.
• noun (Math.) An identical equation.

• noun The sameness some individuals share to make up the same kind or universal.
• noun The difference or character that marks off an individual from the rest of the same kind, selfhood.
• noun A name or persona—the mask or appearance one presents to the world—by which one is known.
• noun Knowledge of who one is.
• noun algebra, computing Any function which maps all elements of its domain to themselves.
• noun algebra An element of an algebraic structure which, when applied to another element under an operation in that structure, yields this, second element.

• noun the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known
• noun the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity
• noun exact sameness
• noun an operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates

## Etymologies

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French identité, from Old French identite, from Late Latin identitās, from Latin idem, the same (influenced by Late Latin essentitās, being, and identidem, repeatedly), from id, it; see i- in Indo-European roots.]

Learned borrowing from Vulgar Latin identitas ("sameness"), from Latin idem ("the same"). See identical and idem.

## Examples

• In this sense, then, a thing's essence may be said to constitute its identity, when one uses the word ˜identity™ in this distinctive manner to speak of

Ontological Dependence Lowe, E. Jonathan 2009

• E.G. create table table1 (id int identity (1,1) not null, name nvarchar (64)) go insert into table1 ( 'Hello world') go select @@identity

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• 1998, "Criteria of identity and the ˜identity mystic™", Erkenntnis, 48: 281-301.

Sortals Grandy, Richard E. 2007

• The notion of transworld identity ” ˜identity across possible worlds™ ” is the notion that the same object exists in more than one possible world (with the actual world treated as one of the possible worlds).

Transworld Identity Mackie, Penelope 2006

• But often the shift in identity is purely for pleasure.

• But often the shift in identity is purely for pleasure.

• CAFFERTY: The term identity crisis has taken on a whole new meaning in this high tech age and that's because identity theft is a huge problem with very big consequences.

• "A lot of people use the term identity management loosely," says John Lyons,