Identity I*den"ti*ty, n.; pl. {Identities}. [F. identit['e], LL. identitas, fr. L. idem the same, from the root of is he, that; cf. Skr. idam this. Cf. {Item}.] 1. The state or quality of being identical, or the same; sameness. [1913 Webster]

Identity is a relation between our cognitions of a thing, not between things themselves. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

2. The condition of being the same with something described or asserted, or of possessing a character claimed; as, to establish the identity of stolen goods. [1913 Webster]

3. (Math.) An identical equation. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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