face validity

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face validity (countable and uncountable, plural face validities)

  1. A property of a test in which its appearance suggests to an observer that it will measure that which it has been designed to measure.
    • 2004, Kirsten Malmkjær (ed.), Translation in Undergraduate Degree Programmes, John Benjamins Publishing Co, p. 2:
      One means toward avoiding a split between a profession and its academic discipline is to ensure that teaching programmes have face validity for members of those professions in which students might seek employment.


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