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self-identification

[self-ahy-den-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, -i-den-, self-]
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noun
  1. identification of oneself with some other person or thing.

Origin of self-identification

First recorded in 1950–55

self-identify

[self-ahy-den-ti-fahy, ‐i-den-ti-fahy]
verb (used without object)
  1. identify(defs 7, 8): to self-identify as gay; to self-identify with others in the same situation.
verb (used with object)
  1. identify(defs 4, 6): I've never self-identified myself with that radical mentality. She sometimes self-identifies herself with her patients.

Origin of self-identify

First recorded in 1960–65; self + identify
Related formsself-i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
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