self-val·​i·​dat·​ing | \ ˌself-ˈva-lə-ˌdā-tiŋ How to pronounce self-validating (audio) \

Definition of self-validating

1 : validating itself : needing no guarantee or judgment of its validity outside of itself An emotion is self-validating when it communicates information to the self … (e.g., one feels angry because the situation is unjust and, therefore, one has good reason to be angry).— Robert L. Leahy et al. … the Pulitzer business … is a self-validating ritual whereby journalists give each other prizes and then boast to the public about them.— Alexander Cockburn also : of, relating to, or involving something that is self-validating a self-validating cycle
2 : tending or serving to recognize, confirm, or establish one's own worthiness or legitimacy : providing self-validation a self-validating experience Earning that win can also feel self-validating.— Ritika Trikha How we choose to interpret what happens in our lives—the stories we tell to ourselves and others—color how we experience life. It's time to tell a new, more accepting and self-validating story.— Kathy Caprino

First Known Use of self-validating

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Self-validating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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