[self-ahy-den-ti-tee, -i-den-, self-]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-identity

Contemporary Examples of self-identity

Historical Examples of self-identity

  • 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

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

self-identity in Medicine



The oneness of a thing with itself.
An awareness of and identification with oneself as a separate individual.
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