Is there a synonym for checked?

I am writing about the implementation process of my app and I would like to know whether there is a synonym for the word checked that I can use in other sentences.

Next, the value of the flag variable is checked to know when the system has to delete the related data from the database.

  • You can use verify. – Alejandro Dec 11 '15 at 22:09
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    Better yet, avoid using flag variables altogether. Your code and your documentation will both be simplified. – 200_success Dec 11 '15 at 22:37
  • You could check here. – J.R. Dec 12 '15 at 11:10

The word tested comes to mind:

...the value of the flag variable is tested...

as you will be testing the value of the variable when you check it.

For documentation purposes, it may be more comprehensive if the sentence was worded as follows:

If the flag variable is true, then the system will delete the related data from the database.

The details of variable, state, and action are all clearly stated.

  • +1 for clarity by avoiding "check" or "test" and skipping to the relevant value of the test. – Nathan Tuggy Dec 16 '15 at 5:39

Verify / Verification

This seems like it would be the most direct synonym to the more vulgar/colloquial "check". In your case, this would be specifically definition 2 of the following from Dictionary.com:

verb (used with object), verified, verifying.
1. to prove the truth of, as by evidence or testimony; confirm; substantiate: Events verified his prediction.
2. to ascertain the truth or correctness of, as by examination, research, or comparison: to verify a spelling.
3. to act as ultimate proof or evidence of; serve to confirm.
4. Law. to prove or confirm (an allegation). to state to be true, especially in legal use, formally or upon oath.

Used in context:

Next, the value of the variable is verified [...]

This verb is frequently used in programming, security and technology in general.

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    "Assertion" is way too strong to be considered a synonym for this example. – 200_success Dec 11 '15 at 23:59

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