- 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.
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|Michael Daly|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The jogger had no memory of the attack, and none of the other victims could make an identification of the Five.
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|James Kirchick|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
A pharmacist told her the medication was for women—and her identification still listed her as a male.
The document heretofore marked for identification as Commission Exhibit No. 1021, was received in evidence.Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
But this reconciliation and identification were not accomplished at once.
There are not sufficient similarities to effect an identification.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
In the end it turned out that identification was not an easy matter, for the experts quarrelled furiously among themselves.Prester John|John Buchan
The photograph was marked Commission Exhibit No. 398 for identification.Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for identification
- 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.).