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

Examples of validity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there is an inescapable sense that the Justice’s acceptance of the validity of the belief that life begins at conception is determined by his personal religious views. Fabio Bertoni, The New Yorker, 20 July 2022 Federal prosecutors would probably also have to convince appeals court judges and a majority of Supreme Court justices of the validity of their case. New York Times, 11 June 2022 Earlier, Republicans castigated Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, for instructing clerks to give a presumption of validity to signatures on absentee ballots. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2022 This year’s election could decide the direction of the G.O.P. for years to come, experts say, and could also influence Americans’ faith in the validity of election results, with momentous consequences. The New Yorker, 28 June 2022 All of us need to acknowledge, understand, and believe in the validity of disabled people’s existential fears. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 28 May 2022 Parish has identified himself as the suspect of an investigation but refuses to comment on the validity of claims. Fox News, 29 Apr. 2022 Republicans are calling attention to a provision in the Democrats’ bill that would allow signatures in lieu of voter identification cards, saying such a policy could be abused and would weaken trust in the validity of elections. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, 22 June 2021 The score is updated and maintained as new information arises about the validity of the information from that data source. Ken Knapton, Forbes, 16 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of validity

circa 1577, in the meaning defined above

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“Validity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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va·​lid·​i·​ty | \ və-ˈli-də-tē \

Kids Definition of validity

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


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