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

Essential Meaning of valid

1 : fair or reasonable a valid argument valid concerns See More ExamplesThere is no valid reason to proceed with the change. Her objections/conclusions were completely valid. You make a valid point.Hide
2 : acceptable according to the law a valid contract/license/deed/title You must present valid identification. See More ExamplesTheir marriage is not legally valid. The agreement is no longer valid under international law. My passport is still valid. [=it has not expired yet]Hide

Full 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 valid (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 The agreement is no longer valid under international law.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 This campaign is valid for all 2022 bookings that are finalized (the deposit must be paid to secure the reservation). Carrie Coolidge, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Under the agreement, which was amended in September of last year and is valid for 120 months, Canopy agreed to pay an additional $37.5 million for a 70% stake in the company. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Regular season ticket holders are not valid for annual fundraisers. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 15 Oct. 2021 However, new free weekend night rewards can be used any night of the week rather than just weekends, and those issued between May 1 to December 31, 2020, are valid for 24 months from their date of issue rather than the standard 12. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Oct. 2021 This offer is valid for new subscribers as well as any returning subscribers that haven’t had Hulu in the last three months. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 14 Oct. 2021 Upon passing an early emissions test, that result will be valid for the vehicle’s emissions testing compliance until 2024. Post-tribune Staff,, 12 Oct. 2021 The license would only allow individuals to work for the district that sponsored them and would only be valid for the remainder of the school year, or six months, whichever is later. Mallory Simon And Christina Maxouris, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 The promotion was valid for any size pizza, dine-in only, all day long. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 12 Oct. 2021

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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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24 Oct 2021

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“Valid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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 valid (audio) \ noun
validly adverb

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