Definition of validity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



1 the state of being legally or officially acceptableThe period of validity of the agreement has expired.2 the state of being logical and trueWe had doubts about the validity of their argument.
Usage noteUsage note: validvalid adjectiveofficially or legally acceptable; logical or trueclinically, empirically, experimentally, scientifically, statistically|externally|legally|deductively|equally|universallyAn argument either way could be equally valid.assumption, generalization|hypothesis, theory|methodology, model|instrument|test|finding, result|conclusion, inference|argument, reason|criticismThere were some potential flaws in the study design that made it difficult to draw valid conclusions from these data.seem|remain|consider something, deem something|accept something as, regard something asThe conclusions of these studies remain valid for both large and small numbers of molecules.validate verbassumption|hypothesis, theory|methodology, model|instrument|test|finding, result|conclusion, inference|argument|accuracyThis study validated findings from earlier studies.clinically, empirically, experimentally, scientifically, statistically|externally|extensively|rigorouslyA similar procedure had been scientifically validated.validation nounclinical, empirical, experimental, scientific, statistical|external|extensive|rigorousThis lack of empirical validation has led to psychology's dismissal of Toman's theory.validity nounchallenge, dispute, doubt, question|assess, evaluate, test|affirm, attest to, confirm, demonstrate, verifyThe author questions the validity and reliability of standardized tests.assumption|hypothesis, theory|model|instrument|test|finding, result|conclusion, inference|argumentTwo tests were performed to assess the validity of this theory.Consistent results emerged across the study, which attests to the validity of the findings.
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