Definition of face validity in English:

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face validity


The degree to which a procedure, especially a psychological test or assessment, appears effective in terms of its stated aims.
Example sentences
  • The scale has face validity as a measure of psychological distress.
  • For any particular competency model, content and face validity are essentially subjective judgements.
  • Measures like reading scores seem to possess face validity, in the sense that they appear to exhibit a correspondence with what they are measuring.

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Syllabification: face va·lid·i·ty

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