• WordNet 3.6
    • n validation the act of validating; finding or testing the truth of something
    • n validation the cognitive process of establishing a valid proof
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eli Whitney made no money from the cotton gin because he did not have a valid patent on it.
    • n Validation The act of giving validity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n validation The act of giving validity; a strengthening, inforcement, or confirming; an establishing or ratifying. Blount, Glossographia (1670).
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  • Uta Hagen
    Uta Hagen
    “More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.”
  • William James
    “If merely feeling good could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
    “Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past. Through repeated rectification of this kind one may hope to disengage an idea that is valid.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.”
  • Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    “While moral rules may be propounded by authority the fact that these were so propounded would not validate them.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. validation,


In literature:

To deny the validity of reasoning upon Divine things is to withdraw one of the supports on which Catholicism rests.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
What is mentioned as the second requisition to a valid contract?
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
These acts of secession are either valid or invalid.
"American Eloquence, Volume IV. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
Social justice, as usually conceived, looks to the past for its validity.
"The Unpopular Review, Volume II Number 3" by Various
The second answer is so obviously valid that it needs no discussion.
"Collected Essays, Volume V" by T. H. Huxley
But there is a deeper objection to the validity of the order, to which we will come shortly.
"Judgments of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand on Proceedings to Review Aspects of the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Mount Erebus Aircraft Disaster" by Sir Owen Woodhouse, R. B. Cooke, Ivor L. M. Richardson, Duncan Wallace McMullin, and Sir Edward Somers
This objection is, however, not valid, because 'maya' is also used in the sense of abundance, i.e.
"The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya"
If the play is without law (Lov = organic unity), it is without validity.
"An Essay Toward a History of Shakespeare in Norway" by Martin Brown Ruud
How far may we trust our experience as validating the inferences we draw from it?
"Some Christian Convictions" by Henry Sloane Coffin
In this case the mining industry had combined to test the validity of certain patents.
"The Transvaal from Within" by J. P. Fitzpatrick

In news:

Valid in the store and online.
Go here to a coupon from Earth Fare valid for a free pound of coleslaw with any $5 purchase.
It allows Oklahoma citizens with a valid concealed carry permit the option of carrying their firearm openly or concealed and will go into effect on November 1st 2012.
He raises a lot of valid questions about the use of force and how the police apply it.
Myriad Taps Intermountain Healthcare to Help Validate Prostate Cancer Diagnostic.
Teller receipt and validation printer—the IJ7100 and the IJ7200— released by Addmaster and are first two models from new product series.
Charter boat captain questions if city has valid Naples Bay speed signs.
PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division has launched a multi-year initiative to validate many of its products as gluten free, with package labeling to follow.
Is this claim valid after so many months.
Defense+ monitor reports suspicious behavior by valid programs.
California's largest business group filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the validity of the state's cap-and-trade program on the eve of the first pollution permit auction.
For example, a creditor who is owed $1 million secured by a valid and perfected lien on an asset offered for sale by a debtor in bankruptcy can credit bid up to $1 million dollars as purchase price for such asset.
The city clerk says activists had turned in enough valid signatures needed to force a vote on a law that bars the sale of cannabis but allows groups of 3 or less to grow and share it.
Goodnight believes the refinancing arrangement validates the Obama administration's controverisal decision to bailout the industry about two years ago.
For Iran, WikiLeaks cables validate its skepticism of Obama's sincerity.

In science:

If one attempts to apply algebraic rules valid for finite sums to infinite sums without any proof of their validity, one can expect to obtain such seemingly paradoxical results.
Radiation from a Charge Uniformly Accelerated for All Time
One can look at the opposite side, why is it that the supergravity result seemed to be valid much beyond it’s naive validity. one possibility is as follows.
DLCQ-M(atrix) Description of String Theory, and Supergravity
VIII, for a periodic-disorder-only model (strictly only valid for d > 5), we explicitly demonstrated that this conclusion remained valid up to logarithmic corrections even in the presence of nonlinear elasticity. 61 B.
Smectic Liquid Crystals in Random Environments
The situation is reminiscent of the behavior of Fq in the GL theory , where strict scaling Fq ∝ M ϕq is not valid, but Fq ∝ F βq is valid.
Critical Behavior of Hadronic Fluctuations and the Effect of Final-State Randomization
Although (28) is not valid as T → Tc , since by definition β (Tc ) = 1, its approximate validity in a narrow range of T nevertheless captures a behavior remarkably similar to the conventional critical behaviors of familiar thermal and magnetic observables.
Critical Behavior of Hadronic Fluctuations and the Effect of Final-State Randomization