noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle French identité, from Late Latin identitat-, identitas, probably from Latin identidem repeatedly, contraction of idem et idem, literally, same and same Date: 1570 1. a. sameness of essential or generic character in different instances b. sameness in all that constitutes the objective reality of a thing ; oneness 2. a. the distinguishing character or personality of an individual ; individuality b. the relation established by psychological identification 3. the condition of being the same with something described or asserted <
establish the identity of stolen goods
4. an equation that is satisfied for all values of the symbols 5. identity element

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