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To prove something to be sound or logical. Also to certify conformance to an accepted standard. Contrast with verify.

For example, data entry validity checking determines whether the data make sense (numbers fall within a range, numeric data are all digits, etc.), but "validity" checking does not "verify" that the data are correct. Even if the check digit in a customer account number is determined to be a valid number, it may still be the wrong number for that individual. In practice, the terms "validate" and "verify" are used synonymously. See validity checking, check digit and HTML validator.

Residents of Everittstown, New Jersey would surely get a chuckle if this was their navigation system. Of course, if the error was ever reported, an updated DVD disc would solve the problem.

Always Mistakes
It's human nature to misspell, but surely this entry was not matched against a database of city names. Whereas the Everittstown example was 2006, this is from 2018.
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"I urge PDEA to validate, conduct sting operations, prosecute and lock them up for good.
In addition, there is another module that can use GPRS/EDGE service as communication channel and can be deployed at retail outlets to validate the customer against his/her CNIC even before selling a SIM.
"With a similar profile in terms of customers and offerings we believe Validate is a perfect fit for us.
In order to avoid these problems, TEI urges the EC to work with the Member States to formally announce a temporary relaxation of the requirements to validate the EU VAT number through VIES.
The corona beam passing through the sealed container will provide a signal that validates that the gas has not escaped and that, at that point in time, there is a solid sealed package.
It will provide you with the quick screening tools and software you need to analyze the markets and industries you plan to enter and give you protocols to validate the assumptions that are driving your business idea.
Army Special Assignment Airlift Mission (SAAM) validator, her job is to validate and provide transportation coordination for a variety of Army passenger airlift missions, a part of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Passenger Programs Division's responsibilities.
The findings showed that although teachers may be willing and intent upon sharing mathematical authority with students, a consistent use of discursive moves that serve to validate students' mathematical efforts can serve to withhold mathematical authority and create a culture where students are dependent on the teacher for validation, contrary to teachers' intentions.
Beck Ag Com CEO John Finegan says, "A personalized conversation as is offered through word of mouth marketing offers people the opportunity to validate information relevant to their buying decision.
Because several years are needed to validate and gain regulatory acceptance for alternative methods, the only methods with a chance of meeting the deadline are those that have already been developed and standardized to some extent, which may mean that they do not use the latest technology.
Expending 8 AIM-9 Sidewinders, 5 AIM-7 Sparrows, and 3 AIM-120 AMRAAMS, the air wing was able to validate the latest air-to-air tactics.
The September 2003 OPS advisory bulletin requires all oil and gas pipeline operators to validate the existence and non-existence of stress corrosion-cracking (SCC) in susceptible lines.