valid-, val-, vale-, -vail, -valent, -valence
(Latin: valere, to be strong, to be well, to be worth; strong; power, strength; and "fare well" [go with strength])
Also, Supremum vale or "Farewell for the last time"; that is, just before death takes over.
Used when addressing one person. Also see Valete (plural) and Ave atque vale.
Also translated as, "Take it for what it is worth." A proper statement to make when one passes on information of doubtful authenticity.
2. A statement, discourse, etc. made at, or by way of, a special occasion; frequently happening at a graduation ceremony of an educational facility: Charles Smith was the top academic student at school and he delivered the valediction at the close of the school year, praising not only the faculty but his fellow students as well.
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"This truly will be an administration that looks like America, or at least that slice of America that got double 800s on their SATs. Even more than past administrations, this will be a valedictocracy, rule by those who graduate first in their high school classes."