Definition of Validity
(noun) When a measurement accurately reflects what is measured.
Example of Validity
- A scale at the grocery store accurately weighing produce.
- American English – /vuh-lId-uh-tee/
- British English – /vuh-lId-i-tee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /vəˈlɪdəti/
- British English – /vəˈlɪdɪti/
- Plural: validities
- Not to be confused with reliability, which is when the outcome of a measurement is consistent. For example, a thermometer can be 10 degrees off and be reliable by giving a consistent measurement, however it is not valid because it is registering an incorrect temperature.
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- Word origin of “validity” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- control group
- descriptive statistics
- inferential statistics
- spurious correlation
- statistical analysis
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “validity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 29, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/validity/).
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validity. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/validity/
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “validity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 29, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/validity/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“validity.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 29 Sep. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/validity/>.