I'm looking for a word with less certainty than "validated", as in
Has this testimony been validated?
I'd like something like "sanity checked" which flows better. Any suggestions?
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There are numerous terms to describe a process of examining material to assess its accuracy or appropriateness. They range from low level of examination to very high. For example
- given a cursory review (or look)
- looked over
- glanced at
- looked over
- checked out
- given a critical review
The choice both depends on the level of examination and, to some extent, the field in which the data is being used.
In the world of the bureaucrat, every number in the department's annual report must be the responsibility of a senior officer. The final draft will be circulated and someone must initial the margin (yes, on paper) to acknowledge that her or she accepts the blame if the number turns out to be erroneous or (even worse) embarrassing.
So the Director-General does not care that the data has been validated; merely that each item has been signed-off.
"Nominal" sprang to mind, so I checked around to confirm the definition(s) and while I think it's a good fit for the context you described - referring to data sets as "nominal" when they're within acceptable ranges/bounds - I realize it might come across a bit too esoteric for easy/widespread adoption as shorthand. But if you find folks do generally associate the word with its (apparently informal) definition of "things functioning normally or acceptably", then maybe it could catch on.