Definition of valid in English:

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valid

Pronunciation: /ˈvaləd/

adjective

1(Of an argument or point) having a sound basis in logic or fact; reasonable or cogent: a valid criticism
More example sentences
  • Damascus has a valid claim to be the world's oldest inhabited city.
  • British agriculture has recently been making the valid claim that its products are of the highest quality in the world.
  • The only pressure, exerted by me, was to present good journalism supported by valid evidence.
Synonyms
well founded, sound, reasonable, rational, logical, justifiable, defensible, viable, bona fide;
cogent, effective, powerful, potent, convincing, credible, forceful, strong, solid, weighty
1.1Legally binding due to having been executed in compliance with the law: a valid contract
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  • I believe that oral contract law was valid, I could rely on that, and I trusted her.
  • Under English law, the minimum age for contracting a valid marriage is 16 for both men and women.
  • The transfers were made voluntarily by the applicants under what they at least believed to be valid contracts.
Synonyms
legally binding, lawful, legal, legitimate, official, signed and sealed, contractual;
in force, current, in effect, effective
informal legit
1.2Legally or officially acceptable: the visas are valid for thirty days a valid password
More example sentences
  • The drivers would also be expected to have a valid driver's licence and a valid public driving permit.
  • He apparently had 600 hours of flight experience and a valid pilot's license.
  • To drive your car on the circuit all you have to do is show a valid driving license and you can drive 1 lap behind a safety car.
Synonyms
legitimate, authentic, authoritative, reliable, bona fide

Origin

Late 16th century: from French valide or Latin validus 'strong', from valere 'be strong'.

Words that rhyme with valid

pallid

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Syllabification: val·id

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