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The process of: (a) evaluating a system or component to determine whether the products of a given development phase satisfy the conditions imposed at the start of that phase; or, (b) providing objective evidence that the software and its associated products conforms to requirements (e.g., for correctness, completeness, consistency, accuracy) for all life-cycle activities during each life-cycle process (acquisition, supply, development, operation, and maintenance); satisfies standards, practices, and conventions during life-cycle processes; and, successfully completes each life-cycle activity and satisfies all the criteria for initiating succeeding life-cycle activities (e.g., building the software correctly). (IEEE Standard 1012-2004)

The process of evaluating that a product, service, or system (or portion thereof, or set thereof) meets a set of design specifications.

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