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  1. sound; just; well-founded: a valid reason.
  2. producing the desired result; effective: a valid antidote for gloom.
  3. having force, weight, or cogency; authoritative.
  4. legally sound, effective, or binding; having legal force: a valid contract.
  5. Logic. (of an argument) so constructed that if the premises are jointly asserted, the conclusion cannot be denied without contradiction.
  6. Archaic. robust; well; healthy.

Origin of valid

1565–75; < Latin validus strong, equivalent to val(ēre) to be strong + -idus -id4
Related formsval·id·ly, adverbval·id·ness, nounnon·val·id, adjectivenon·val·id·ly, adverbnon·val·id·ness, nounpre·val·id, adjectivepre·val·id·ly, adverbqua·si-val·id, adjectivequa·si-val·id·ly, adverb
Can be confusedvalet valid

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Examples from the Web for valid

Contemporary Examples of valid

Historical Examples of valid

  • This would be his own excuse, and does it not seem a valid one?

  • Here are the two elements of a valid appointment, and they must concur.

    The Electoral Votes of 1876

    David Dudley Field

  • There was, however, one real and valid reason for this inveterate jealousy.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • You regard it then as authentic—as a good and valid instrument?

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • Of course it was a valid excuse, but it annoyed me to have her decline.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for valid


  1. having some foundation; based on truth
  2. legally acceptablea valid licence
    1. having legal force; effective
    2. having legal authority; binding
  3. having some force or cogencya valid point in a debate
  4. logic (of an inference or argument) having premises and conclusion so related that whenever the former are true the latter must also be true, esp (formally valid) when the inference is justified by the form of the premises and conclusion alone. Thus Tom is a bachelor; therefore Tom is unmarried is valid but not formally so, while today is hot and dry; therefore today is hot is formally validCompare invalid 2 (def. 2)
  5. archaic healthy or strong
Derived Formsvalidly, adverbvalidity (vəˈlɪdɪtɪ) or validness, noun

Word Origin for valid

C16: from Latin validus robust, from valēre to be strong
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Word Origin and History for valid

1570s, "having force in law, legally binding," from Middle French valide, from Latin validus "strong, effective," from valere "be strong" (see valiant). The meaning "supported by facts or authority" is first recorded 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper