a) State of having a distinct identity, or being an individual distinct from others; individuality.

Indeed, while geography is neither a key dimension of identity nor its determinant, it is one of the most important categories through which nationhood can be explored and articulated. It both grounds a sense of national selfhood and gives it a framework through which a continuous shaping of identity can "take place."

b) The fully developed self; ones personality, character.

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