What do you say when a password policy is valid?

..is accepted? ..is fullfilled?


"Password policy: The password is required to be at least 12 characters long."

"Password policy failed - the password does not count enough characters."

"Password policy [...looking for the word here!....], the password is long enough."

In German I'd say (past participle)

Die (Passwort-) Richtlinie wurde eingehalten.

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    – Dan Bron
    Feb 24, 2016 at 12:53
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    I have not seen the term password policy and consider it a misnomer. I would call it a password requirement. And yes, I agree with , @Dan Bron. The word is satisfied.
    – WS2
    Feb 24, 2016 at 13:47
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    @WS2 Password policy is a standard term in the world of IT and computer security. In fact, policy itself is widespread there, used to indicate a packaged collection of requirements and rules applicable to the thing governed. (In other words: no, it is not a misnomer.)
    – Dan Bron
    Feb 24, 2016 at 13:57
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    @Dan Bron: I agree with WS2 that OP's use of password policy is clunky. A policy is a much broader term that includes numerous factors (such as what to do if the user types an incorrect password, whether to display "hints" or send email links for password reset, etc.). But OP is only interested in the "password format" requirements of the policy. Feb 24, 2016 at 15:01
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    @Dan Bron: I'm not really trying to convince you to think the same as me and WS2 - for all I know there's a US/UK usage split or some other reason why you'd be happy with the password policy has been met, whereas we'd prefer something more like the requirements of the password policy have been satisfied. I don't see any reason why a password policy should be any different to a car insurance policy, for example. To my mind policies contain requirements that can be met or breached, but the policy itself is only "in force" or "invalidated", say, not "met". Feb 24, 2016 at 15:31

2 Answers 2


You could either say,

  • Password Policy Met

    Fulfil or satisfy (a need, requirement, or condition)


  • Password Policy Satisfied

    Adequately meet or comply with (a condition, obligation, or demand)


Both are past participles of meet and satisfy respectively.

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    Been looking for exactly those words. Thanks to Dan Bron, too.
    – Daniel W.
    Feb 24, 2016 at 13:42
  • You're welcome and thanks for the green check. I hope Dan doesn't mind me getting the rep (it would have been all his had he posted an answer instead of a comment!)
    – BiscuitBoy
    Feb 24, 2016 at 13:46
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    @BiscuitBoy Dan does not mind at all. In fact, I prefer people to post their own answers rather than nagging me to convert my comments to answers proper! I wish more people took after you. In re: rep, well, I have something like 17K now, and I have yet to figure out how to eat it or spend it. If you work that out, let me know, and we can go back to competing for it. ;)
    – Dan Bron
    Feb 24, 2016 at 14:01

Valid is correct and often used. Why not that? You can also use invalid for the second assertion.

sound; just; well-founded:

BTW--The phrase ".. the password does not count enough characters" should be "... the password is not long enough". Also, "Password policy failed" is wrong, since the password policy didn't fail, the entered password did. I'd try "Password invalid".

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