1. (noun) The state of being anonymous.

2. (noun) A research protocol in which neither the researcher or the reader of the findings can identify a respondent based on their responses.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: anonymities
  • Anonymity is not the same as confidentiality. When an individual can only be identified by the researcher who guarantees their responses will not be made public the person is protected by confidentiality not anonymity.
  • Anonymous surveys (verb) anonymize data to make it (adjective) anonymous and to (adverb) anonymously assure participants have (noun) anonymousness.

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