invalid

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adjective (1)

in·​val·​id (ˌ)in-ˈva-ləd How to pronounce invalid (audio)
: not valid:
a
: being without foundation or force in fact, truth, or law
an invalid assumption
declared the will invalid
b
: logically inconsequent
invalidly adverb

invalid

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noun

in·​va·​lid ˈin-və-ləd How to pronounce invalid (audio)
 British usually  -ˌlēd
: one who is sickly or disabled

invalid

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verb

in·​va·​lid ˈin-və-ləd How to pronounce invalid (audio)
-ˌlid,
 British usually  -ˌlēd,
 or  ˌin-və-ˈlēd
invalided; invaliding; invalids

transitive verb

1
: to remove from active duty by reason of sickness or disability
2
: to make sickly or disabled

invalid

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adjective (2)

in·​va·​lid ˈin-və-ləd How to pronounce invalid (audio)
 British usually  -ˌlēd
1
: affected by disease or disability : sickly
2
: of, relating to, or suited to one that is sick
an invalid chair

Example Sentences

Noun Her husband has become an invalid.

Word History

Etymology

Adjective (1)

Latin invalidus weak, from in- + validus strong — more at valid

Adjective (2)

Latin & French; French invalide, from Latin invalidus

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1542, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1701, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of invalid was in 1542

Dictionary Entries Near invalid

Cite this Entry

“Invalid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invalid. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

invalid 1 of 4

adjective

in·​val·​id (ˈ)in-ˈval-əd How to pronounce invalid (audio)
: having no force or effect : not valid
an invalid parking sticker
an invalid assumption
invalidity
ˌin-və-ˈlid-ət-ē
noun
invalidly adverb

invalid

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adjective

in·​va·​lid ˈin-və-ləd How to pronounce invalid (audio)
1
: suffering from disease or disability : sickly
2
: of, relating to, or suited to an invalid

invalid

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noun

like 2
 How to pronounce invalid (audio)
: one who is sickly or disabled

invalid

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verb

in·​va·​lid ˈin-və-ləd How to pronounce invalid (audio)
-ˌlid
: to make sickly or disabled

Medical Definition

invalid 1 of 3

adjective

in·​va·​lid
ˈin-və-ləd, British usually -ˌlēd
1
: affected by disease or disability : sickly
2
: of, relating to, or suited to one that is sick
an invalid chair

invalid

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noun

: one who is sickly or disabled

invalid

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transitive verb

in·​va·​lid
ˈin-və-ləd, -ˌlid, British usually -ˌlēd or ˌin-və-ˈlēd
1
: to remove from active duty by reason of sickness or disability
was invalided out of the army
2
: to make sickly or disabled
a patient invalided by valvular disease

Legal Definition

invalid

adjective

in·​val·​id in-ˈva-ləd How to pronounce invalid (audio)
: being without force or effect under the law
declared the will invalid
invalidly adverb

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