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identification (n.)

1640s, "treating of a thing as the same as another; act of making or proving to be the same," from French identification, probably from identifier (see identify). Psychological sense of "becoming or feeling oneself one with another" is from 1857. Meaning "act or process of determining the identity of something" is from 1859. Meaning "object or document which marks identity" is from 1947 (short for identification tag, card, etc.).

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Definitions of identification from WordNet

identification (n.)
the act of designating or identifying something;
Synonyms: designation
identification (n.)
evidence of identity; something that identifies a person or thing;
identification (n.)
the condition of having the identity (of a person or object) established;
the thief's identification was followed quickly by his arrest
identification of the gun was an important clue
identification (n.)
the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering;
Synonyms: recognition
identification (n.)
the attribution to yourself (consciously or unconsciously) of the characteristics of another person (or group of persons);
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