val·​id | \ ˈva-ləd How to pronounce valid (audio) \

Definition of valid

1 : having legal efficacy or force especially : executed with the proper legal authority and formalities a valid contract
2a : 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

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Other Words from valid

validly \ ˈva-​ləd-​lē How to pronounce validly (audio) \ 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 The agreement is no longer valid under international law.
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First Known Use of valid

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for valid

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

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English Language Learners Definition of valid

: fair or reasonable
: acceptable according to the law


val·​id | \ ˈva-ləd How to pronounce valid (audio) \

Kids Definition of valid

1 : having legal force or effect a valid driver's license
2 : based on truth or fact She had a valid excuse for missing practice.

Other Words from valid

validly adverb


val·​id | \ ˈva-ləd How to pronounce valid (audio) \

Legal Definition of valid

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

Other Words from valid

validity \ və-​ˈli-​də-​tē How to pronounce validity (audio) \ noun
validly adverb

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