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 theoryb : 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
validityplay \və-ˈli-də-tē, va-\ noun
validlyplay \ˈva-ləd-lē\ adverb
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The agreement is no longer valid under international law.
Recent Examples of valid from the Web
The first two reactions are probably the analyses of amateur movie lovers, and the latter are more likely the declarations of professional critics, but still: All four are equally valid reactions to a movie-going experience.
So being able to perform inspections and get really valid data to ensure the pipeline is in good condition, that can save utility companies a lot of money.
The mayor does not have the authority to stop these events, even if his motivations are valid.
Anyone without an ID may bring a valid voter registration certificate, original birth certificate, bank statement or current utility bill and fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.
But WDFW officials opted for a two-year ban because Wentz had a valid hunting license and cougar tag.
All vets and active duty military will receive a free meal on May 29 by presenting a valid military ID at participating Hooters restaurants.
Alex Mosqueda, 21, of the 1300 block of McCameron Avenue, Lockport, was charged with possession of marijuana, driving without a valid driver's license, driving without insurance and failure to wear a seat belt at 12:39 a.m.
Being single is just as valid a life choice as being married.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1571
Synonym Discussion of valid
VALID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of valid for English Language Learners
: fair or reasonable
: acceptable according to the law
VALID Defined for Kids
Definition of valid for Students
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.
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
validity\və-ˈli-də-tē\ play noun
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