val·​i·​da·​tion | \ ˌva-lə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce validation (audio) \

Definition of validation

: an act, process, or instance of validating especially : the determination of the degree of validity of a measuring device

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Examples of validation in a Sentence

I'm afraid we cannot act on your claim without validation.
Recent Examples on the Web Hours after finally receiving validation on Tuesday, being named Tyler Herro’s injury replacement for Rising Stars, Sexton was in an empty gym hoisting shots. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Collin Sexton’s latest honor proof of continued growth during frustrating 13-win season: Chris Fedor," 11 Feb. 2020 In 1873, William Thoms, a librarian at the House of Lords, set forth a system of age validation that more or less remains in use today. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Was Jeanne Calment the Oldest Person Who Ever Lived—or a Fraud?," 10 Feb. 2020 That is because external validation has a value all of its own. The Economist, "Take me to a leader Corporate headhunters are more powerful than ever," 6 Feb. 2020 For those of us who grew up with the toys, especially, there was an idea that the toys are as real as the movies, and the transport going from toy to screen and back again feels like a validation of that. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Classic 'Star Wars' Toy Returning to Stores After 40 Years," 4 Feb. 2020 The pay becomes the recognition and validation that reinforces the meaning of the work. Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "Telling Stories In Order to Live: On Writing and Money," 17 Jan. 2020 The Windows 10 validation bug may be the NSA's attempt to avoid a similar debacle. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Windows 10 Has a Security Flaw So Severe the NSA Disclosed It," 14 Jan. 2020 This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Adut Akech Calls For Greater Diversity In 'Model Of The Year' Acceptance Speech At Fashion Awards," 3 Dec. 2019 This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "Adut Akech Was Named “Model of the Year” at the 2019 Fashion Awards," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of validation

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for validation

valid(ate) + -ation, perhaps after French validation

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The first known use of validation was circa 1656

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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Validation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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