gender identity

  1. a person's inner sense of being male, female, or another gender, usually developed during early childhood as a result of parental rearing practices and societal influences and strengthened during puberty by hormonal changes.

  • Also called core gender identity.

usage note For gender identity

One's gender identity may continue to evolve over time and may diverge from the male/female gender division. See the usage note at gender1.

Words Nearby gender identity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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