- an act or instance of identifying; the state of being identified.
- something that identifies a person, animal, or thing: He carries identification with him at all times.
- Sociology. acceptance as one's own of the values and interests of a social group.
- a process by which one ascribes to oneself the qualities or characteristics of another person.
- (in psychoanalytic theory) the transference or reaction to one person with the feelings or responses relevant to another, as the identification of a teacher with a parent.
- perception of another as an extension of oneself.
Origin of identification
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Examples from the Web for identification
Her heartbroken and horrified brother, Sam Jones, made the identification.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start
October 21, 2014
The jogger had no memory of the attack, and none of the other victims could make an identification of the Five.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
At about 10 p.m., a horde of Hungarian police officers raided the bar, demanding that everybody show their identification.American Racist Richard Spencer Gets to Play the Martyr in Hungary
October 7, 2014
They set up an area for patient triage and identification to help them prioritize.The Military’s Mission to Fight Ebola Might Be Dangerous But it Won’t Be Black Hawk Down
Nathan Bradley Bethea
September 19, 2014
A pharmacist told her the medication was for women—and her identification still listed her as a male.Obamacare Now Pays for Gender Reassignment
Kaiser Health News
August 25, 2014
They looked at my identification folder and then examined me.
Frau Augusta turned and glanced furtively at my identification folder.
I do not wish to have any delay in my identification when it does come.'A Woman Intervenes
He has no identification tag; he releases Peabody; seems not to know the penalties.Slaves of Mercury
There is, however, one objection to this identification that must not be overlooked.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
- the act of identifying or the state of being identified
- something that identifies a person or thing
- (as modifier)an identification card
Word Origin and History for identification
1640s, "treating of a thing as the same as another," from French identification, probably from identifier (see identify). Sense of "becoming or feeling oneself one with another" is from 1857. Sense of "determination of identity" is from 1859. Meaning "object or document which marks identity" is from 1947 (short for identification tag, card, etc.).
- A person's association with the qualities, characteristics, or views of another person or group.
- An unconscious process by which a person transfers the response appropriate to a particular person or group to a different person or group.