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[self-ahy-den-ti-tee, -i-den-, self-] /ˈsɛlf aɪˈdɛn tɪ ti, -ɪˈdɛn-, ˌsɛlf-/
the identity or consciousness of identity of a thing with itself.
Origin of self-identity
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • To keep within the self-identity of the object is to suspend thought.

  • The meaning of congruence lies beyond the self-identity of the object.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • In the achievement of a sense of self-identity, the child needs models with which to identify himself.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe
  • It is perfectly true that substance is this unity at one with itself, but spirit no less is this self-identity.

  • But I remained motionless; my limbs were powerless, and I could scarcely retain the feeling of self-identity.

    The Devil's Elixir E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • It is impossible, through any ordinary change of fortune, for a normal person to lose his sense of self-identity.

    The Sky Line of Spruce Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for self-identity


the conscious recognition of the self as having a unique identity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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self-identity in Medicine

self-identity self-i·den·ti·ty (sělf'ī-děn'tĭ-tē)

  1. The oneness of a thing with itself.

  2. An awareness of and identification with oneself as a separate individual.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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