a person's inner sense of being male or female, usually developed during early childhood as a result of parental rearing practices and societal influences and strengthened during puberty by hormonal changes.
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- gender binary,
- gender dysphoria,
- gender equality,
- gender expression,
- gender gap,
- gender reassignment,
- gender role,
Also called core 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.
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A person's sense of being male or female, resulting from a combination of genetic and environmental influences.
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