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.

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Kim, meanwhile, will be granted a measure of validation from Washington that eluded his father and grandfather. Matthew Pennington,, "At Trump-Kim summit, human rights is a back-burner issue," 11 June 2018 Terrell Owens doesn't need any more validation to his pro football career. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Terrell Owens, even at 44, shows he can still run an elite 40-yard dash," 18 June 2018 The market season began May 5 and ends on Nov. 3, and free parking is available at the Maple Avenue garage with validation. Karie Angell Luc,, "Big crowds pack Memorial Day weekend farmers market in Evanston," 29 May 2018 With the time and freedom to establish personal relationships, and the ability to quickly test ideas for validation and further discovery, Invanti embodied a more grassroots and inexpensive version of the learn-quick-and-iterate model of innovation. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a Midwest startup generator bursts the Bay Area tech bubble and solves real problems," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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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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