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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Cook’s success running the ball and Cousins’ ability to locate receivers was validation the Vikings’ offensive line has improved, as was rookie Alexander Mattison’s 49 rushing yards and 5.4-yard average. Bob Sansevere, Twin Cities, "Vikings’ only flaw in near-perfect opener was letting Falcons score," 8 Sep. 2019 Humans want validation and affirmation, and a like gives just that, providing users with a boost of endorphins. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Hiding likes on social media might actually make it better," 4 Sep. 2019 The Hugo win is a huge validation for many fanfic authors — many of whom are used to being dismissed and culturally maligned — that all of their non-professional works are worthy of respect. Aja Romano, Vox, "4.7 million fanfics are now Hugo winners, thanks to AO3 and the transformative culture that built it.," 19 Aug. 2019 The short answer: despite a Dickensian boyhood dominated by an abusive, alcoholic father and a depressed, checked-out mother, Straczynski found salvation in stories and validation at school. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "J. Michael Straczynski has his fingers in all of Comic-Con’s pies," 17 July 2019 Remain Independent: Applause or validation isn’t necessary. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Gemini, Mind Your Money! Here Are June 2019 Horoscopes For All," 6 June 2019 Ultimately, our preservation DPX files were wrapped with the Library of Congress-developed Bagger digital records packaging and validation tool, then written off to LTO-6 tape, and managed and organized within our LTFS Strongbox Library. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Archivists Saved Damaged WWII Film for 'The Cold Blue'," 23 May 2019 But without the validation of that early media fanfare, AMC often seemed to have a tough time sticking to its programming convictions. Los Angeles Times, "Column: From ‘Mad Men’ to zombie spinoffs: AMC has been trampled by its own revolution," 25 July 2019 No prize, grade, or letter of acceptance could ever mean more to them than the other’s validation. Samantha Leac, Glamour, "It’s Time to Put a Stop to ‘In-Betweenships’," 19 Apr. 2019

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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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