invalidate

verb
in·​val·​i·​date | \ (ˌ)in-ˈva-lə-ˌdāt How to pronounce invalidate (audio) \
invalidated; invalidating; invalidates

Definition of invalidate

transitive verb

: to make invalid especially : to weaken or destroy the cogency of

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Other Words from invalidate

invalidation \ (ˌ)in-​ˌva-​lə-​ˈdā-​shən How to pronounce invalidation (audio) \ noun
invalidator \ in-​ˈva-​lə-​ˌdā-​tər How to pronounce invalidator (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for invalidate

nullify, negate, annul, abrogate, invalidate mean to deprive of effective or continued existence. nullify implies counteracting completely the force, effectiveness, or value of something. a penalty nullified the touchdown negate implies the destruction or canceling out of each of two things by the other. the arguments negate each other annul suggests making ineffective or nonexistent often by legal or official action. the treaty annuls all previous agreements abrogate is like annul but more definitely implies a legal or official act. a law to abrogate trading privileges invalidate implies making something powerless or unacceptable by declaration of its logical or moral or legal unsoundness. the court invalidated the statute

Examples of invalidate in a Sentence

actions that will invalidate the contract The study invalidates earlier theories. factors that may invalidate the test results
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Recent Examples on the Web Justice Kennedy was the one conservative on the court who had signaled a willingness to invalidate an electoral map as too partisan if the right case came along. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Again to Consider Partisan Gerrymandering," 4 Jan. 2019 The case reached the Supreme Court after Paxton appealed a federal court panel’s decision last year to invalidate the maps in two congressional districts and nine state House districts. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "LULAC convention-goers tackle redistricting concerns," 1 June 2018 The reason: On Oct. 22, 1685 — a few weeks before Locke began composing his Letter — Louis XIV invalidated the Edict of Nantes. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "The Need for a Revival of Lockean Liberalism," 11 Sep. 2019 Morrison invalidated the lie, which taints our minds especially, that our people are either one way or the other. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Toni Morrison and What Our Mothers Couldn’t Say," 7 Aug. 2019 For a few years in the 1880s, the mines of this company produced vast quantities of gold and its success did much to invalidate the mountain’s supernatural myths. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "History & Heritage: Tipping Our Hat to the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness," 15 Sep. 2019 Roger Senserrich, the communications director of the Working Families, said the party is exploring whether some signature were improperly invalidated. Mark Pazniokas, courant.com, "Moore not conceding to Ganim without reviewing options after Bridgeport primary loss," 11 Sep. 2019 If the ruling is not reversed, the law would be invalidated and the $55 billion in federal subsidies and tax credits that keep plans affordable for low-income policyholders would likely disappear, Baumgarten said. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Two new Obamacare insurers proposed for Florida in 2020," 19 Aug. 2019 The panel invalidated related first-class mail rate adjustments too. Los Angeles Times, "Forever stamps’ 5-cent price jump is struck down by appeals court," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of invalidate

1649, in the meaning defined above

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3 Nov 2019

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The first known use of invalidate was in 1649

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invalidate

verb
How to pronounce invalidate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of invalidate

: to weaken or destroy the effect of (something)
: to show or prove (something) to be false or incorrect

invalidate

verb
in·​val·​i·​date | \ in-ˈva-lə-ˌdāt How to pronounce invalidate (audio) \
invalidated; invalidating

Kids Definition of invalidate

: to weaken or destroy the effect of The phony signature invalidated the contract.

invalidate

transitive verb
in·​val·​i·​date | \ in-ˈva-lə-ˌdāt How to pronounce invalidate (audio) \

Legal Definition of invalidate

: to make or declare invalid

Other Words from invalidate

invalidation \ in-​ˌva-​lə-​ˈdā-​shən How to pronounce invalidation (audio) \ noun

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