from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Strength or power in general.
  • noun The state or character of being valid.
  • noun Legal efficacy or force; sufficiency in point of law.
  • noun Scientific strength or force: as, the validity of a genus.
  • noun Value.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being valid; strength; force; especially, power to convince; justness; soundness.
  • noun (Law) Legal strength, force, or authority; that quality of a thing which renders it supportable in law, or equity.
  • noun obsolete Value.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being valid, authentic or genuine.
  • noun Having legal force.
  • noun A quality of a measurement indicating the degree to which the measure reflects the underlying construct, that is, whether it measures what it purports to measure (see reliability).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of being valid and rigorous
  • noun the quality of having legal force or effectiveness
  • noun the property of being strong and healthy in constitution


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