validity

(noun) When a measurement accurately reflects what is measured.

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  • 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.
  • Also called valid.

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How to Cite the Definition of Validity

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “validity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/validity/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

validity. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/validity/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “validity.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/validity/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“validity.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/validity/>.