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

validity \ və-​ˈli-​də-​tē How to pronounce validity (audio) , va-​ \ noun
validly \ ˈva-​ləd-​lē How to pronounce validly (audio) \ adverb

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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 The agreement is no longer valid under international law.
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The central dogma of maternal inheritance of mtDNA remains valid. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Plot twist: Mitochondrial DNA can come from both parents," 28 Nov. 2018 But after reviewing their own rule, staffers concluded a license remains valid until the appeal is finished. Arizona Republic, "The state took her foster license away. But the kids stayed with her. Why?," 19 June 2018 Under the proposal, creditors would receive new sales-tax bonds, affirmed by a court order to be valid and binding. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico’s $18 Billion Bond Restructuring Nears Completion," 19 Jan. 2019 On top of all that, everyone's fertility, pregnancy, and parenthood journey is different and equally valid and special. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Gabrielle Union on What It’s Like to Have a Baby After Multiple Miscarriages," 3 Dec. 2018 The minimum number of valid signatures needed in Michigan is tied to the number of votes for governor. David Eggert, The Seattle Times, "Michigan GOP advances bill to make ballot drives harder," 12 Dec. 2018 There’s a growing push to see consciously chosen simple pleasures — relaxation, self-care and communal care, and softness — as valid and important lifestyle choices. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 Domestic travel spans from November 28 to December 19, and January 3 to February 13; travel to and from Puerto Rico is valid from November 28 to December 6, and January 4 to February 28. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Southwest Airlines Three Day Sale: One-Way Tickets from $49," 2 Oct. 2018 The video is a criticism of the lack of inclusion of people of color in Western art history, which is certainly valid and worth underscoring. Jonny Coleman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Beyonce Makes Jay-Z Better on Surprise Couples-Therapy Album 'Everything Is Love'," 18 June 2018

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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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