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See also identity.

1. (identity) A phenomenological sense of oneself as a separate individual being with a distinctive personality and a ‘true self’ persisting over time; a self image.

2. (philosophy) The problem of whether ‘the same person’ can exist over time.

3. The social particulars of an identifiable individual.

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