identification: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ī-den"tu-fi-kā'shun, i-den"-), [key]
— n.
  1. an act or instance of identifying; the state of being identified.
  2. something that identifies a person, animal, or thing: He carries identification with him at all times.
  3. acceptance as one's own of the values and interests of a social group.
    1. a process by which one ascribes to oneself the qualities or characteristics of another person.
    2. (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.
    3. perception of another as an extension of oneself.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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