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Identity vs Identifier


To me, the identity is a concept intrinsically related to the being. An identifier is a mean to assess one’s identity. For example, I have an identity and my identity card is something else called an identifier.

As nouns the difference between identity and identifier is that identity is sameness, identicalness; the quality or fact of (several specified things) being the same while identifier is someone who identifies; a person who establishes the identity of.


The abbreviation ID often refers to identity, identification (the process of identifying), or an identifier (that is, an instance of identification). An identifier may be a word, number, letter, symbol, or any combination of those.


everything has an identity, even if that identity doesn’t do much functionally or conceptually


you try to “identify” a thing, i.e., to deduce or decide the identity of a person or thing when it is unknown


you only need to identify a thing if you do not know its “identifier”: the name, address, label, icon, serial number, or other meaningful piece of information that tells you what you need to know about the identity of that thing



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