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  1. the state or quality of being valid: to question the validity of the argument.
  2. legal soundness or force.
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Origin of validity

1540–50; < Late Latin validitās, equivalent to Latin valid(us) valid + -itās- -ity
Related formsnon·va·lid·i·ty, noun, plural non·va·lid·i·ties.pre·va·lid·i·ty, noun
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Related Words for validity

substance, efficacy, legitimacy, gravity, potency, legality, soundness, effectiveness, foundation, persuasiveness, right, force, weight, power, point, punch, authority, strength, cogency, grounds

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Contemporary Examples of validity

Historical Examples of validity

  • At this Johnson almost forgot that anger no longer had any validity.

  • You say nothing about anything else—about me, or the history of the concession, or its validity, or anything.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • Therefore it is the validity of this assumption that we have here to investigate.

    Mind and Motion and Monism

    George John Romanes

  • Why then, should they not establish its validity before the proper officers?

  • I won or lost on the validity of my logic—and whether I'd built a better mousetrap.

Word Origin and History for validity


1550s, from Middle French validité, from Latin validitatem (nominative validitas) "strength," from validus (see valid).

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