valid

adjective

val·​id ˈva-ləd How to pronounce valid (audio)
1
: having legal efficacy or force
especially : executed with the proper legal authority and formalities
a valid contract
2
a
: well-grounded or justifiable : being at once relevant and meaningful
a valid theory
b
: logically correct
a valid argument
valid inference
3
: appropriate to the end in view : effective
every craft has its own valid methods
4
of a taxon : conforming to accepted principles of sound biological classification
validly adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for valid

valid, sound, cogent, convincing, telling mean having such force as to compel serious attention and usually acceptance.

valid implies being supported by objective truth or generally accepted authority.

a valid reason for being absent
a valid marriage

sound implies a basis of flawless reasoning or of solid grounds.

a sound proposal for reviving the economy

cogent may stress either weight of sound argument and evidence or lucidity of presentation.

the prosecutor's cogent summation won over the jury

convincing suggests a power to overcome doubt, opposition, or reluctance to accept.

a convincing argument for welfare reform

telling stresses an immediate and crucial effect striking at the heart of a matter.

a telling example of bureaucratic waste

Examples of valid in a Sentence

There is no valid reason to proceed with the change. Her objections were completely valid. You make a valid point. You must present valid identification. Their marriage is not legally valid. The agreement is no longer valid under international law.
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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Middle French or Latin; Middle French valide "in good health, having legal force," borrowed from Latin validus "in good health, robust, potent, having legal authority," adjective derivative from the base of valēre "to have strength, be well" — more at wield

First Known Use

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of valid was in 1571

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Cite this Entry

“Valid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valid. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

valid

adjective
val·​id ˈval-əd How to pronounce valid (audio)
1
: legally binding
2
: founded on truth or fact
a valid argument
validly adverb

Legal Definition

valid

adjective
val·​id ˈva-ləd How to pronounce valid (audio)
1
: having legal efficacy or force
a valid license
especially : executed with proper authority and form
a valid contract
a valid search
2
: having a legitimate basis : justifiable
a valid reason for terminating the employee
3
: appropriate to the end in view
validity noun
validly adverb

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