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

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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 The agreement is no longer valid under international law.
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Recent Examples on the Web But nearly three years ago, there was a lot of criticism of Newsome in Baltimore, some of it valid. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Ozzie Newsome has taken a back seat with Ravens, but his draft picks are driving this team to victory," 29 Nov. 2019 College students with a valid ID qualify for a child’s ticket. Robin Goist, cleveland, "‘Deck the Hall’ brings Christmas lights, comic book heroes to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron through Dec. 30," 29 Nov. 2019 Fare inspectors will board Red Line buses and be at station platforms checking for valid passes. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "No more free rides: Red Line users will need to start buying tickets on Dec. 1," 27 Nov. 2019 Offer valid through 11/30/2019 for first-time subscribers. Ryan Dodson, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Fantasy Football - Week 13 PPR Lineup Cheat Sheet Rankings," 27 Nov. 2019 To pick up your car, bring a valid photo ID or driver’s license, proof of current insurance, cash or major credit cards and of course your car keys. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul declares snow emergency, just in time for the holiday. Here’s what you need to know for the snow season.," 27 Nov. 2019 The British doctrine specifically mentions the reporting of current news events as a valid purpose. Noah Feldman, The Denver Post, "Feldman: Harry and Meghan’s lawsuit truly could be bad for free speech," 27 Nov. 2019 Not valid for delivery orders and limit two free Impossible Burgers per transaction. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Black Friday 2019 freebies: Here's what you can get for free starting Thanksgiving," 26 Nov. 2019 Metrolink said passengers on trains 681, 601, 603, 701 and 700 with a valid fare can receive up to a $50 reimbursement for alternate transportation. Fox News, "Los Angeles-bound train hits RV, causing fire, delays," 23 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of valid was in 1571

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3 Dec 2019

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“Valid.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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How to pronounce valid (audio)

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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