va·​lid·​i·​ty | \ və-ˈli-də-tē , va-\

Definition of validity

: the quality or state of being valid: such as
a : the state of being acceptable according to the law The validity of the contract is being questioned. What the federal courts have ruled … is that renunciations made behind barbed wire were essentially under duress, and thus of no legal validity.— Roger Daniels
b : the quality of being well-grounded, sound, or correct the validity of an argument/theory Other researchers have questioned the validity of the test results. Later he acknowledged that there was no validity to his report.— David Hiltbrand

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For Jackson, this called into question LIGO's ability to sufficiently distinguish between signal and noise and, hence, the validity of the detection itself. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "No more doubts: Two independent studies confirm LIGO’s Nobel discovery," 16 Dec. 2018 In 1991 during a similar hearing, one of my Republican colleagues in this committee stated these claims were taken seriously by having the Federal Bureau of Investigations launch an inquiry to determine their validity. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018 One way in which media outlets check the validity of social media accounts is to check whether the photos used as the accounts’ avatars exist online. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Here are the tools that could be used to create the fake news of the future," 12 Feb. 2018 Whatever the validity of comparisons between 1942 and 2018, there are today few places better to contemplate the issue than Manzanar. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "Celebrating Independence Day in America's detention camps – during World War II and now," 2 July 2018 The burden of proof was on me, and at stake was my family’s support, the validity of my faith and my character. Hännah Ettinger, Houston Chronicle, "Ending an abusive marriage is hard. Ending one in the evangelical church is harder.," 12 May 2018 Doroshov said the cookies haven't been tested in order to prove the validity of this story. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Teens Brought Cookies They Say Contained Grandparents' Ashes to School, Police Confirm," 17 Oct. 2018 Disputes over the validity of GMV matter because of the challenges facing Chinese retailers. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Alibaba’s Singles Day sales dwarf Amazon’s biggest day," 12 Nov. 2018 The jury's still out on the validity of these claims and images, but there are plenty of pissed-off customers who support them — with complaints that far pre-date the recent hack., "What Is Going On With Honey Kissed Cosmetics On Twitter?," 22 Mar. 2018

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circa 1577, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of validity

: the state of being acceptable according to the law : the state of being valid
: the quality of being real or correct


va·​lid·​i·​ty | \ və-ˈli-də-tē\

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: the quality or state of being true or legally in force or effect

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