val·​i·​da·​tion | \ ˌva-lə-ˈdā-shən \

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.

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The Commonwealth is very important to the Queen, Murphy says, and her passing on this patronage to Meghan can be seen as a validation of what the Duchess has already been able to accomplish in her first few months as a royal. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How a New Patronage Hints at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Future Roles Within the Commonwealth," 11 Jan. 2019 The report says that the chips would connect to certain remote systems to receive instructions and could then do things like modify the running operating system to remove password validation, thereby opening a machine up to remote attackers. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Bloomberg: Super Micro motherboards used by Apple, Amazon contained Chinese spy chips," 4 Oct. 2018 Alvarez rendered my reality a little more tangible by putting it in words, but more than validation, the book proved to be premonition. New York Times, "In Praise of Julia Alvarez," 20 June 2018 The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and the AMA have a longstanding policy recommending rescheduling of marijuana and related substances to Schedule II to allow validation of anecdotal claims. WSJ, "Should the Feds Join the Trend to Legalize Pot?," 8 Nov. 2018 Second, there was some kind of validation just in knowing. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Inside the USC Sexual Abuse Scandal: Three Women Tell Their Stories," 26 Oct. 2018 Rather than fill the void with social media’s continuous self-reference, children and adults alike sat still without the repeat validation of the smartphone swipe. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 These standards are set by animal science experts, providing the third-party validation of humane treatment and positive welfare that an increasingly discerning public is demanding. Robin Ganzert, Fortune, "Commentary: Want to Save the Earth? Start With Your Local Zoo.," 22 Apr. 2018 The Clinton pedophilia libel that resulted in Pizzagate was started by a Fox online report, repeated across the Fox TV schedule, and provided the prime source of validation across the right-wing media ecosystem. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A majority of Americans don’t think social networks are good for the world," 21 Nov. 2018

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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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