Definition of verification principle in English:

verification principle

noun

Philosophy
  • The characteristic doctrine of logical positivism, that a statement which cannot be verified is strictly meaningless.

    • ‘For a review of other attacks on, and adjustments to, the verification principle, see Wright 1986, 1989.’
    • ‘Your verification principle needs to be explicitly confined to properties that objects possess contingently.’
    • ‘The reason this failed is that the verification principle itself is not a tautology, nor is it verifiable.’
    • ‘However, perhaps the main problem with the approach is that the verification principle itself is too vague.’
    • ‘By its own standard, then, it is a piece of gibberish; the verification principle is self-referentially inconsistent.’