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Definition of Anonymity

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

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Anonymity Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: an·o·nym·i·ty

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /an-uh-nIm-uh-tee/
  • British English – /an-uh-nIm-i-tee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌænəˈnɪmɪti/
  • British English – /ˌænəˈnɪmɪti/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: anonymities
  • Anonymity is not to be confused with 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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Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Anonymity

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “anonymity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/anonymity/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

anonymity. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/anonymity/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “anonymity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/anonymity/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“anonymity.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 23 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/anonymity/>.