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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 In addition, seek out networks and affinity groups that can provide validation and support. Hanna Hart, Forbes, "Is ‘Imposter Syndrome’ Just Another Way Of Blaming Women?," 24 Feb. 2021 Nikola said that the first Tre FCEV prototypes are scheduled to begin assembly in Arizona and Ulm, Germany, in the second quarter of this year and that testing and validation would continue into 2022. Washington Post, "Macy’s sales forecast shows optimism for 2021," 23 Feb. 2021 To scaffold an anxious child -- or any child -- for social reentry in the coming months: Support them with empathy, validation and intervention. Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, USA TODAY, "What is scaffold parenting? It could be the key to help kids adjust to post-pandemic life," 18 Feb. 2021 Karssemeijer said the demographic information of the testing and validation sets was submitted to the agency for its review, but that information didn’t make its way into the public filings. Casey Ross Reprints, STAT, "Could AI tools for breast cancer worsen disparities? Patchy public data in FDA filings fuel concern," 12 Feb. 2021 But the secular public high school dispenses validation and praise according to different criteria than any of the major faiths. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Why American Children Stopped Believing in God," 13 Dec. 2020 For information on participating restaurants, retailers and the parking structures with free validation, go to Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Bedrock sets up outdoor dining structures, free parking to lure people downtown," 11 Dec. 2020 Anglers younger than 12 can use two rods in open waters without purchasing the validation. oregonlive, "Two rods approved for lower Willamette River spring fishing season," 15 Jan. 2021 For the men involved, the bet’s outcome would be a personal validation—or repudiation—of their lifelong quests. Steven Levy, Wired, "A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?," 5 Jan. 2021

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Validation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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