verifiability principle

verifiability principle
noun or verifiability theory
: a proposal or claim of early logical positivists according to which a requirement or criterion for the meaningfulness of a factual statement is its susceptibility to the possibility of being either theoretically or actually proved true or false by reference to empirical facts — compare confirmability theory

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Logical Positivism.
the doctrine that if a nonanalytic statement is to be cognitively meaningful it must be empirically verifiable.
[1965-70]

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