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verb (used with object), in·val·i·dat·ed, in·val·i·dat·ing.
  1. to render invalid; discredit.
  2. to deprive of legal force or efficacy; nullify.
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Origin of invalidate

First recorded in 1640–50; invalid2 + -ate1
Related formsin·val·i·da·tion, nounin·val·i·da·tor, noun


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voidance, abrogation, negation, annulment, annihilation, nullification, cancellation, abolishment, defeasance

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verb (tr)
  1. to render weak or ineffective, as an argument
  2. to take away the legal force or effectiveness of; annul, as a contract
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Derived Formsinvalidation, nouninvalidator, noun
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Word Origin and History for invalidation


1771, noun of action from invalidate (v.).

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1640s, from invalid + -ate (2). Related: Invalidated; invalidating.

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