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

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When Arpaio rebuffed the offer, Willems said Dow told the former sheriff that Ward’s campaign would challenge the validity of his signatures to try to knock Arpaio off the ballot. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Arpaio: Ward's campaign suggested I quit Senate race for pro-Trump gig," 22 May 2018 Rival groups of Osho followers have challenged the validity of the will, and the legal battle is ongoing. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Bhagwan’s Doctor Gives His Take on Wild Wild Country," 24 Apr. 2018 Photo: saul loeb/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Ms. Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, is engaged in a legal battle with Messrs. Cohen and Trump over the validity of that contract. Michael Rothfeld, WSJ, "Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Negotiated $1.6 Million Settlement for Top Republican Fundraiser," 13 Apr. 2018 Other nations could challenge the validity of the U.S. use of that clause. Andrew Mayeda And Bryce Baschuk / Bloomberg, Time, "What Is a Trade War? Why Economists Are Worried," 24 Mar. 2018 One, filed by OCMA, challenged the validity of a petition that activists circulated seeking to force a public vote on the development. Hillary Davis,, "Lawsuits settled in disputes over scuttled Museum House condo project in Newport Beach," 3 Mar. 2018 The civil suit delays were predicated on concerns that any further litigation over the validity of a settlement agreement associated with the $130,000 payment could compromise Cohen’s constitutional rights in the criminal case. Lee Ross, Fox News, "Stormy Daniels' legal fight with Trump returns to LA courtroom," 24 Sep. 2018 Unfortunately, many female candidates running this election cycle came to realize that there was validity to their fears that voters would perceive them negatively. Julie Zeilinger, Marie Claire, "The Women Who Ran...and Lost," 24 Oct. 2018 There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. Fox News, "Gwyneth Paltrow denies Amber Rose’s theory that she’s ‘Becky,’ slept with Jay-Z," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of validity

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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