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ego identity

1. in psychoanalytic theory, the experience of the self as a recognizable, persistent entity resulting from the integration of one’s unique ego-ideal, life roles, and ways of adjusting to reality.

2. the gradual acquisition of a sense of continuity, worth, and integration that Erik Erikson believed to be the essential process in personality development. See Erikson’s eight stages of psychosocial development. See also identity.

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closed-class words

in a language, a category of words that does not readily admit new members, consisting mainly of words that serve key grammatical functions, such as pronouns, prepositions, and determiners (see function word). Compare open-class words.