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

Examples of validation in a Sentence

I'm afraid we cannot act on your claim without validation.
Recent Examples on the Web The comment section becomes a community, a place of validation and encouragement. Chanté Joseph,, 6 May 2022 Necessary procedures such as data validation and cleansing will need to be completed on the fly, which inevitably means more processing power and, therefore, expense. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 5 May 2022 It’s a validation, more than anything else, of the importance and the relevance of Judas Priest. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2022 The conference championship is the first since 2003, the NCAA trip the first since 2013 — sweet validation that their grandfather coach hasn’t lost his magic. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2022 Instead, validation often takes the form of small wooden plaques, which are plastered all over the office walls and websites of the legal profession. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, 4 May 2022 The latest move is validation that advertising can indeed mesh with high-quality content. Rajeev Goel, Fortune, 3 May 2022 Ricker and Adamski stress that respect and validation are crucial when recognizing trans and nonbinary identity. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 25 Apr. 2022 But whatever provocation Putin might have felt with the United States or from the United States —and from Joe Biden calling him a murderer, in particular—there is absolutely no justification, excuse, or validation to decide to bomb a nation. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Validation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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