va·​lid·​i·​ty və-ˈli-də-tē How to pronounce validity (audio)
: the quality or state of being valid: such as
: 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
: 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 When pressed as to whether there is any validity to concerns that his use of blackface could be viewed offensively — if perhaps the resounding outrage has any merit — Forster is defensive. Alana Wise, NPR, 7 June 2024 Several people familiar with psychedelic research, but not involved in the Phase 3 studies, agreed that if serious adverse events weren’t reported, that would call into question the validity of the trial data. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, 31 May 2024 However, Vatican approval will be required before ruling on the validity of those reports. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 17 May 2024 Their inability to constrain their personal biases and partisan interests undermines any trust anyone should have in them and the validity of their declarations about Trump. Shermichael Singleton, Baltimore Sun, 25 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for validity 

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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: the quality or state of being valid
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