a period or episode of psychological distress, often occurring in adolescence but sometimes in adulthood, when a person seeks a clearer sense of self and an acceptable role in society.
confusion as to goals and priorities:
The company is undergoing an identity crisis.
identity crisis n.
A psychosocial state or condition of disorientation and role confusion occurring especially in adolescents as a result of conflicting pressures and expectations and often producing acute anxiety.
- Identity disorder
identity disorder n. A disorder occurring in late adolescence and characterized by feelings of uncertainty and distress due to issues such as long-term goals, sexual orientation and behavior, morality, and religious identification.
noun, Mathematics. 1. (def 9b). identity element (ī-děn’tĭ-tē) The element of a set of numbers that when combined with another number under a particular binary operation leaves the second number unchanged. For example, 0 is the identity element under addition for the real numbers, since for any real number a, a + 0 = a, […]
noun, Mathematics. 1. (def 9d).
noun, Mathematics. 1. a matrix that has 1 in each position on the main diagonal and 0 in all other positions.
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) 1. political activity or movements based on or catering to the cultural, ethnic, gender, racial, religious, or social interests that characterize a group identity.