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 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 When the Montgomery County District Attorney outside Philadelphia decided not to prosecute for lack of evidence, we were left with no sense of validation or justice. Fox News, "Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand's full victim impact statement to the court about her experience," 26 Sep. 2018 Valuing Representation and Engagement Over Tokenism Zellie Cash, one of Fluide's original models who Kraber met on the C train, felt that working with Fluide gave her a sense of validation and normalcy. Ludmila Leiva, Allure, "Meet Fluide, the Makeup Brand That Believes in the Power of Inclusion — Not Tokenism," 10 Sep. 2018 The contract is validation for Bezos, now the world’s richest man, who for years has been liquidating $1 billion of Amazon’s stock annually to fund his interplanetary dreams. Nicolas Vega, Fox News, "Jeff Bezos' space company set to launch," 28 Sep. 2018 Elon Musk’s Boring Company continues to gain validation from city governments. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Boring Company gets approval to build a tunnel connecting a garage to a hyperloop," 13 Sep. 2018 In essence, the song is the culmination of these experiences, searching for validation and connection while exploring my sexuality without role models or protectors. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "Clint Michigan Releases Animated Video For Reflective Track 'Centuries': Watch," 9 July 2018 The industry has also won academic validation from a study by a team of U.S. and German finance profs, who reviewed records for 270,000 purchases and loans at an online furniture seller in Europe. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Fintech lenders are tracking and judging your digital trail," 3 July 2018 His work proves that streetwear can have the same respect and validation that a luxury fashion house has. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Three Aspiring Chicago Creatives on Why Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Debut Inspires Them," 20 June 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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