val·​i·​da·​tion ˌva-lə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce validation (audio)
: 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.
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Word History


valid(ate) + -ation, perhaps after French validation

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of validation was circa 1656

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“Validation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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