validity

noun

va·​lid·​i·​ty və-ˈli-də-tē How to pronounce validity (audio)
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: 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

Examples of validity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blockchain Consensus Models In the realm of blockchain, algorithmic consensus models create agreement on the validity of transactions, duplicating records on every ledger and preventing fraudulent activities. Sindhu Bhaskar, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 After creators and influential users on X took to the platform to question the validity and scalability of MrBeast earning $263,000 from his first long-form video posted to the platform, X owner Elon Musk has kept relatively quiet. Alexandra Sternlicht, Fortune, 23 Jan. 2024 The validity of certain experiences is tested and accusations of wrongdoing are negotiated. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Jan. 2024 In recent years, mass data collection has allowed researchers to determine whether there is any scientific validity to zodiac signs. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 18 Jan. 2024 That no justice of the Supreme Court has yet adopted an argument so deeply rooted in constitutional text and history as prenatal personhood says little about that argument’s validity or future viability. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 Another concern among researchers is the scientific validity behind these tests. Melanie Radzicki McManus, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 And although there’s some opportunity to drill down, decision-makers require more granular data and transparency to contextualize and determine the reliability and validity of their business decisions, especially when there are outliers. Anirban Bose, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2024 Scientists have long debated the validity of astrology. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 18 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of validity was circa 1577

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“Validity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/validity. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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validity

noun
va·​lid·​i·​ty
və-ˈlid-ət-ē,
va-
: the quality or state of being valid
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