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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Identity  is  a  relation  between  our  cognitions  of  a 
  thing  not  between  things  themselves.  --Sir  W. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  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. 
 
  3.  (Math.)  An  identical  equation. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  identity 
  n  1:  the  distinct  personality  of  an  individual  regarded  as  a 
  persisting  entity:  "you  can  lose  your  identity  when  you 
  join  the  army"  [syn:  {individuality}] 
  2:  collective  aspect  of  the  set  of  characteristics  by  which  a 
  thing  is  recognizable  or  known 
  3:  an  operator  that  leaves  unchanged  the  element  on  which  it 
  operates;  "the  identity  under  numerical  multiplication  is 
  1"  [syn:  {identity  element},  {identity  operator}] 
  4:  exact  sameness;  "they  shared  an  identity  of  interests"  [syn: 
  {identicalness},  {indistinguishability}] 




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