[ ahy-den-tuh-fi-key-shuhn, ih-den- ]
/ aɪˌdɛn tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ɪˌdɛn- /
an act or instance of identifying; the state of being identified.
something that identifies a person, animal, or thing: He carries identification with him at all times.
Sociology. acceptance as one's own of the values and interests of a social group.
- 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM identificationnon·i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion, nouno·ver·i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounpre·i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounre·i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for identification
/ (aɪˌdɛntɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /
the act of identifying or the state of being identified
- something that identifies a person or thing
- (as modifier)an identification card
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Medical definitions for identification
[ ī-dĕn′tə-fĭ-kā′shən ]
A person's association with the qualities, characteristics, or views of another person or group.
An unconscious process by which a person transfers the response appropriate to a particular person or group to a different person or group.
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