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.
Recent Examples on the Web And to hear people say thank you for the career advice and to finally have confidence about going forward, is great validation! Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Her mother taught her forgiveness and compassion. Now she brings those lessons to new nonprofit," 3 Apr. 2021 There is validation through awards, through ratings, through critical and fan praise. Dan Snierson,, "Get a first look at the Breaking Bad art book 99.1% Pure," 31 Mar. 2021 Besides being validation of a winery’s skills, a bit of bling helps catch the consumer’s eye and usually increases sales. Carey Sweet, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sponsored: 'Commitment, innovation, hard work' helps California wines stand out," 31 Mar. 2021 As a woman of color who personally changes her hair often, that moment was validation for other women who struggle with having the courage to take a drastic step in their own hair journey. Akili King, Vogue, "Hairstylist Yene Damtew on Creating Michelle Obama’s Head-Turning Inauguration Hair," 21 Jan. 2021 Forget the exasperation of defeat and the fractured season that followed; this was pure validation for head coach Kyle Shanahan, general manager John Lynch and a franchise revitalized. Bruce Jenkins,, "From 49ers’ Super Bowl to Gabe Kapler’s debut season, 2020 sports had its moments," 30 Dec. 2020 The current rally is validation for longtime crypto bulls, but also raises the question of whether, like last time, this will end in tears. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The return of $20,000 Bitcoin: what’s different this time around," 18 Nov. 2020 Joining one of the world’s most exclusive clubs is a validation for Musk and his unorthodox management style. Esha Dey,, "Tesla to Join S&P 500 Next Month as Largest-Ever New Member," 16 Nov. 2020 This was validation that his idea to add 40 pounds of mass, to produce an incredible amount of speed and power, would lead to moments like this. Doug Ferguson, Houston Chronicle, "Bryson DeChambeau blasts way to U.S. Open title," 20 Sep. 2020

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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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5 Apr 2021

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“Validation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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