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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about self-validating

Statistics for self-validating

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for self-validating

The first known use of self-validating was in 1888

See more words from the same year

Comments on self-validating

What made you want to look up self-validating? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


formidable, illustrious, or eminent

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!