Adjective "identity" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The fact of being who or what a person or thing is.
  1. mass noun 'she believes she is the victim of mistaken identity'
  2. 'In fact, her identity as a citizen in urban India is one that is minimally developed, if at all.'
  3. 'Costumes are in pastel shades and of Fifties vintage, witty in their matching detail for the tale of two sets of identical twins and multiple mistaken identities.'
  4. 'It's a tangled skein of mistaken identities and ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations; call it Brothers on a Train.'
  5. 'He initially gave a false name, but then revealed his true identity and the fact that he was banned from driving and had no insurance.'
  6. 'The homeless people, the mistaken identity, quite a few defenses at work here, and seeing what may or may not stick with this jury.'
  7. 'All facts, including the identity of the killer, are assessed on the basis of a single criterion: the extent to which they serve their own cause.'
  8. 'It doesn't matter that the joke is about mistaken identity or the fact that they're chasing the wrong vehicle - Atkinson can make you laugh at it anyway.'
  9. 'It was a widely known fact that the identity of the five most powerful superhumans was a closely guarded secret.'
  10. 'In fact the identity of these ‘planners’ is never sufficiently investigated.'
  11. 'I thought this would make people careful about concealing their true identities; in fact it led to more mayhem than I would have believed possible.'
  12. 'Each stage in this progression apparently moves him from the status of hero to that of outcast, but in fact both identities are implicated in him from the very start.'
  13. 'That is, what about people who deliberately disrupt the continuity that ordinarily characterizes our identity?'
  14. 'All over the world, youth are participating in movements against the same systems of power that threaten to manipulate the economic and social identities of whole nations.'
  15. 'Children thus formulate their identities in ways that make rural connections essential to both their ethnic and national identities as productive citizens.'
  16. 'Understanding the myriad ways that Americans interacted with the world provides new insights into the construction of American literary and national identities.'
  17. 'One could argue, in fact, that ethnic identity itself is a way of talking about access to resources.'
  18. 'For decades, the national identity represented a progressive Utopia in her eyes.'
  19. 'Many people - most, in fact - shape their identities as partners of lovers who become spouses and fellow-parents.'
  20. 'The modern state mediates national, sexual and ethnic identities in the public sphere.'
  21. 'Identities explores the relationship of racial, ethnic and national identities and power hierarchies within national and global arenas.'
  22. 'an identity card'
  23. 'Mexican officials are giving Mexican government IDs to illegal aliens in this country to be used as identity cards.'
  24. 'The law states that photographs on Italian identity cards must show a person's features clearly.'
  25. 'The man disappeared after a prospective client from Kasama Drug Store challenged him to reveal his real name and identity card.'
  26. 'Young people across South Lakeland and Furness are being encouraged by police to carry photograph identity cards to prove their age.'
  27. 'The code also requires contractors to be in uniform or be easily identifiable and carry identity cards with their photograph.'
  28. 'They have not been provided with identity cards because they are regarded as illegitimate residents by the local administration.'
  29. 'Bookings should be in name via the identity card and/or passport, to short circuit the ticket scalps.'
  30. 'As they collect passes and identity cards required to enter the counting booth, he pulls up those who are late and pulls the legs of his younger followers.'
  31. 'Parents and children do not fully understand the privacy and civil rights issues that are being eroded by this back door introduction of teenage identity cards.'
  32. 'Registered health workers always carry identity badges with their photographs displayed.'
A close similarity or affinity.
  1. 'It discusses the identities and similarities between OXYB and the yeast Osh proteins.'
  2. 'There is a close identity between Celtic FC and Roman Catholicism, and also between Rangers FC and Scottish cultural Protestantism.'
A transformation that leaves an object unchanged.
  1. 'Any object, indeed any molecule, will contain at least one of these symmetry elements - the operation C 1 known as the identity operation - a rotation of 360°, the equivalent of doing nothing.'
  2. 'When you use an operation to combine an identity with another number, that number stays the same.'
  3. 'Group theory studies not a single structure, but a type of structure, the pattern common to collections of objects with a binary operation, an identity element thereon, and inverses for each element.'
The equality of two expressions for all values of the quantities expressed by letters, or an equation expressing this, e.g. (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1.

    More definitions

    1. 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.

    2. the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another: He began to doubt his own identity.

    3. condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing: a case of mistaken ident

    More examples(as adjective)

    "terms can be identity."

    "messages can be identity."

    "ins can be identity."

    "crises can be identity."


    Late 16th century (in the sense ‘quality of being identical’): from late Latin identitas, from Latin idem ‘same’.