Main definitions of invalid in English

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invalid1

noun

  • A person made weak or disabled by illness or injury.

    as modifier ‘an invalid husband’
    • ‘His job had been to carry invalids up the mountains from St. Louis to Cilaos for until the building of the road in 1935 it had been impossible for carriages or cars to make it up.’
    • ‘Their white colour and delicate texture have conspired to give them a reputation as a food for invalids or convalescents.’
    • ‘This annual event costs €580 with special concessions for invalids.’
    • ‘Our three invalids, though, in spite of languishing in the shade and in one of the few airless parts of the front garden, produce plenty of blooms that are simply too beautiful to destroy.’
    • ‘Every year, Maria goes out to Lourdes to help invalids on the Limerick pilgrimage.’
    • ‘This fund was established in 1975 and each year between 30-40 invalids are taken to Lourdes.’
    • ‘A sum of over 800 was raised, which means that the committee will be able to send two invalids from the parish on the diocesan pilgrimage in May.’
    • ‘He served as a steward at Knock Shrine for 15 years and willingly gave of his time to assist the invalids and pilgrims throughout the pilgrimage season.’
    • ‘It caters for invalids as well as hedonists, its waters famed for their efficacy with eye and bladder problems, and the menu is a gastronome's delight.’
    • ‘Safe journey to all our invalids, helpers and pilgrims from the parish who travelled on Sunday to participate in the Annual Armagh Pilgrimage to Lourdes.’
    • ‘The dates for this year's Lourdes pilgrimage are June 21-26 and the cost is €480 for invalids and €580 for all others.’
    • ‘There are places for both invalids and pilgrims.’
    • ‘The resort, 1,500m above sea level, with a lake and exquisite views of the snowy mountains, has been a center for invalids and well-off hypochondriacs since the 1860s.’
    • ‘Most of the invalids are in their 30s or 40s, securing life-time pensions worth 70 per cent of the final retirement-age salaries.’
    • ‘Looking after all the invalids was a team of doctors, nurses and other helpers.’
    • ‘It did not make any mention of the fact that many of the people who have come off the unemployment benefit have casually moved over to the invalids benefit or the sickness benefit.’
    • ‘A benefit of living in a one-stoplight town is that the county clerk makes house calls, delivering ballots to invalids.’
    • ‘A nurse in Sudan and Nigeria, Catherine now spends her days in St John's Rest and Care looking after invalids and sick pilgrims who come to Knock.’
    • ‘He made many firm friends during that time and was tireless an unselfish in his commitment to the invalids and lending assistance to all who sought his help and advice.’
    • ‘She was an excellent woman who loved her family and cared for her parents who were both invalids.’
    sick person, case, sufferer, victim
    ill person, infirm person, sick person, valetudinarian, sufferer, patient, convalescent
    ill, sick, ailing, unwell, infirm, valetudinarian, valetudinary, in poor health
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Remove (someone) from active service in the armed forces because of injury or illness.

    ‘he was badly wounded and invalided out of the infantry’
    • ‘The second covers the period from 1917 onwards when he was invalided out with shell-shock and eventually went back to the front, only to get a head-wound and be hospitalised again.’
    • ‘By the time he reached the safety of a dressing station his wound had become infected and he was invalided out of the war and away to a convalescent hospital in Ireland.’
    • ‘Smith had been invalided out of the army in 1949, and joined the family shipbreaking company.’
    • ‘Medical science still couldn't create an artificial limb that could be controlled like a natural one and Alex's father had been invalided out of the service.’
    • ‘The war years were marred only by Warnie's absence on active service until he was invalided out as a hopeless alcoholic.’
    • ‘After being invalided out of the army, he became an Official War Artist in 1943, concentrating on the everyday life of the troops.’
    • ‘He was invalided out of the army with a badly arthritic knee, exacerbated by his injuries.’
    • ‘During the First World War he served as an intelligence officer in the navy but was invalided out in 1917, and spent a year working on dazzle camouflage for ships in Liverpool and Bristol.’
    • ‘The war veteran this year won a landmark case against the Ministry of Defence because his pension had been wrongly taxed for 45 years after he was invalided out.’
    • ‘Annand was invalided out of the army in 1948 and thereafter did much work for disabled people, especially the deaf, and was involved in local affairs in the north, and above all in army affairs.’
    • ‘He first appeared in Wigtown in about 1943, after being invalided out of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, where he'd served as an officer on a sister ship of the Titanic.’
    • ‘They married in 1918, after MacDiarmid was invalided out of the army with cerebral malaria.’
    • ‘After the war he was invalided out of the Army because of back injuries suffered through beatings by German soldiers.’
    • ‘Sir Frederick served in the Royal Ulster Rifles until 1941 when he was invalided out following an accident.’
    • ‘But he was invalided out in 1991 with knee problems which doctors blamed climbing ships' ladders.’
    • ‘He was invalided out before he was posted to overseas service.’
    • ‘When Anna returns from digging trenches on the Luga line, and her father is invalided out of the army, they all settle in together.’
    • ‘He was invalided out of the Army, his marriage broke up and he commuted some of his pension entitlement for a cash sum to settle his divorce.’
    • ‘Yet ultimately his war record in some ways echoes Longford's: both were invalided out, feeling that to some degree they had not fulfilled the call to arms.’
    • ‘The letter claimed that 1,500 sailors had been invalided out of the Navy because proper treatment cannot be afforded and that the number of military doctors is less than half its required strength.’
    1. 1.1 Disable (someone) by injury or illness.
      • ‘He had a groin injury at the 1982 World Cup, dislocated his shoulder at the 1986 World Cup and was invalided home from the 1990 World Cup with an Achilles tendon problem.’
      • ‘He was invalided out of the agency after a violent incident, in which he should have died, and is reluctant to be drawn back in.’
      • ‘After concussion and trench-fever on the Somme he was invalided to hospital in Edinburgh, where he was greatly encouraged in his writing by Sassoon.’
      • ‘My elderly passenger was invalided with Parkinson's Disease and had suffered a stroke.’
      • ‘I'd been to Ascot in the 1930s and in 1944 I'd just been invalided out of the rescue service and answered an advert in the Sporting Life.’
      • ‘Originally from Fife, Smith was with the Metropolitan police for 10 years before being invalided out at the end of the 1980s.’
      • ‘He had a helicopter accident and fell 30 metres to the ground, injuring his knee and invaliding him out of the service.’
      • ‘It was composed one miserable, dreich November in a boarding house on the English south coast, where Hudson was invalided for weeks, dangerously sick.’
      • ‘He was invalided home with an intolerable rash, which was diagnosed as the then unusual mepacrine photosensitivity.’
      • ‘To give him his due, the chancellor is aware of the real situation and has provided £800m for a package designed to help those who have been invalided out of the labour market back to work.’
      • ‘She was invalided out of South Wales Police with a stress-related illness in 1992, after being traumatised by discovering a man who had killed himself with exhaust fumes in his car.’
      • ‘The former Oldham Athletic defender was invalided out of the professional game shortly after making a dream move to Premiership giants Newcastle United.’
      • ‘Two years later, he suffered a stroke on the job due to the heavy workload of planning the almost completed new warehouse in Coulthard Court and was invalided out of IGA.’
      • ‘A violent incident in which he appears to have come close to death brought on a nervous breakdown, and he was invalided home.’
      • ‘My boy was invalided long ago, and carried in a litter God knows how far and how long.’
      • ‘The First Minister's father suffered such an accident and was invalided out of the pit aged 50.’
      • ‘Dallaglio tells a story about the day he was invalided out of the last Lions trek in 2001 and in a way it explains how hungry he must be for what lies ahead of him in New Zealand.’
      disable, incapacitate, indispose, hospitalize, put out of action, lay up, cripple, paralyse, lame, put on the sick list
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Origin

Mid 17th century (as an adjective in the sense ‘infirm or disabled’): a special sense of invalid, with a change of pronunciation.

Pronunciation

invalid

/ˈinvələd//ˈɪnvələd/

Main definitions of invalid in English

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invalid2

adjective

  • 1(of an official document or procedure) not legally recognized and therefore void because contravening a regulation or law.

    ‘the vote was declared invalid due to a technicality’
    • ‘Traffic officials would conduct random roadblocks, cracking down on offences such as vehicle overloading, drunken driving and invalid licences.’
    • ‘This would have affected his decision to issue the warrant and results in a finding that the warrant was invalid and should not have been issued.’
    • ‘Mr Shipley's argument is that the defendants entered into the settlement on the basis that the patents were invalid.’
    • ‘But in truth, they are not purporting to tell the American public, say, that one of their patents is invalid or that the scope of its claims is not what it might appear to be.’
    • ‘Therefore the threats will be justified unless the patents are invalid.’
    • ‘Chanyut and Santsak also said the students disqualified as being invalid an unusually high number of ballots that had been marked for the Chart Thai candidate.’
    • ‘He produced an invalid passport and failed to inform the officer that it was not valid.’
    • ‘They just gave up half a billion for invalid patents on an obvious idea, after the company that might not own those patents had to pay off another company to license them.’
    • ‘For the second time in recent US history, voters have had their ballot papers discarded as invalid.’
    • ‘He claimed the proceedings were a sequel to the 1991 raid in which his home had also been ransacked but which had been illegal as an invalid warrant had been used.’
    • ‘He's absolutely right that these arrest warrants and these search warrants were invalid.’
    • ‘To the extent that Part 14 of the regulations falls within the zone of exclusive federal legislative power, the State regulation must be invalid.’
    • ‘Cases 635, the Court held invalid the second marriage of a Muslim when the first marriage had not been dissolved, although pursuant to Islamic law the second marriage was valid.’
    • ‘The Tralee-based judge was acquitted of being in possession of child pornography earlier this year after the trial judge ruled that a search warrant was invalid.’
    • ‘This time, with the women there, the soldiers let him through, but he was afraid to go with the invalid permit.’
    • ‘He's been detained in Japan since mid-July, when he was nabbed for traveling with an invalid passport.’
    • ‘In simple words this means they do not have licences at all because an invalid document is not a licence to drive.’
    • ‘We believe the Rambus patents are invalid, not infringed and unenforceable.’
    • ‘Looking at the Margo Lake warrant, any information as to the location of the vehicle by monitoring the tracking device should be excised as having been obtained by an invalid warrant.’
    • ‘He is being held on suspicion of traveling with an invalid passport, but Bosnitch said Fischer was never notified by the U.S. government that his passport was revoked.’
    void, legally void, null, null and void, unenforceable, not binding, inoperative, worthless
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    1. 1.1 (especially of an argument, statement, or theory) not true because based on erroneous information or unsound reasoning.
      ‘a comparison is invalid if we are not comparing like with like’
      • ‘If an argument is invalid, there is no deduction for it in the system.’
      • ‘This argument for fatalism does not commit the same fallacy (that is, use the same invalid argument) as the first one that I gave.’
      • ‘No need to be surprised - a theory is invalid if shown to be so beyond reasonable doubt.’
      • ‘So the knowledge argument is invalid because it involves a fallacy of equivocation: ‘know’ means something different in the two premises.’
      • ‘Or maybe they just know enough thermodynamics to understand why Sewell's arguments are totally invalid.’
      • ‘Second, we can try to show that the conclusion does not follow from the premises, and thus the argument is invalid, proving nothing.’
      • ‘Thus, recourse to tradition in abstract, speculative argument is invalid.’
      • ‘The argument is manifestly invalid as there is no way that can be derived from (a).’
      • ‘Keynes also makes an invalid argument, claiming that a fall in the nominal wage rate may not decrease the real wage rate but would rather increase the rate of unemployment.’
      • ‘Improper induction and therefore invalid argument, cried a geeky voice in Jocelyn's head.’
      • ‘But this objection is invalid because there is a universal test of true knowledge, and this test’
      • ‘He glared at him daring him to pursue this as an invalid argument.’
      • ‘Any philosopher can tell you this is an invalid argument.’
      • ‘But the fact that such arguments are deductively invalid does not mean that they are not sometimes inductively strong.’
      • ‘This is not to say that a scientifically unproven theory is invalid.’
      • ‘If it is the latter then the protests are invalid simply because pen to paper would restore the balance.’
      • ‘Eighty years after Wallace's book, our universe could not be more radically different, yet human hope continues to impose the same invalid argument upon it.’
      • ‘This argument is invalid, and all invalid arguments are unsound.’
      • ‘Not that the arguments are invalid; but they cannot prove the conclusion, if they cannot prove it except to someone who already accepts it.’
      • ‘Mills says that this argument is invalid, because a physical event can have features not explained by the event which is its sufficient cause.’
      false, untrue, inaccurate, faulty, fallacious, spurious, inadequate, unconvincing, unsound, weak, wrong, wrongly inferred, wide of the mark, off target
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    2. 1.2 (of computer instructions, data, etc.) not conforming to the correct format or specifications.
      • ‘Automatically lock accounts or access paths after a preset number of consecutive invalid password attempts.’
      • ‘He notices the password is invalid and went back and informed the customer that he just needed to reset the login password.’
      • ‘Over time, programs installed onto your computer can bloat the System Registry with invalid entries.’
      • ‘A better strategy would be for the recipient to bounce the e-mail back to the sender, creating the illusion that the e-mail address was invalid.’
      • ‘It's possible for an invalid and very long file name to pass the include safety check, resulting in a file name bigger than its intended buffer, and obviously a buffer overflow.’
      • ‘Now anything I put in the CD drive or floppy drive comes up with an invalid system disk error.’
      • ‘On the new browsers, invalid CSS may break your page just as invalid HTML will.’
      • ‘If any invalid entries are detected, flashing arrows appear next to the input fields and a popup dialog box describes the specific problems.’
      • ‘As a result, the search engine attempts to retrieve an invalid URL and fails to index any of the content served by that script.’
      • ‘The Corporation announced that an invalid SSL certificate that web sites use is required to be installed on the user computer to use the https protocol.’
      • ‘If some of the HTML markup is invalid, some authors may become discouraged from providing valid HTML code.’
      • ‘It seems to default to either redrawing the menu or logging out if you select an invalid menu option, which again can be confusing if you're not in a harmless text editor.’
      • ‘When I attempt to boot the program, I receive a message stating there is an invalid system disk.’
      • ‘If the command-line options are invalid or the configuration file has an error, Synergy writes an error message to the shell and quits.’
      • ‘Systems bound to the old version of the service suddenly find their message formats invalid.’
      • ‘This incents gaming at the company level, contribute invalid data for erstwhile competitors while using your real graph for search.’
      • ‘Users who try to pass an invalid e-mail address are shown an error message that tells them what to change.’
      • ‘Not all of the techniques will work cross-browser, so sometimes your code will be invalid.’
      • ‘I can't get signed into the internet it keeps saying invalid username and password.’
      • ‘An invalid entry is merely erased and the cursor is returned to the beginning.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (earlier than valid): from Latin invalidus, from in- ‘not’ + validus ‘strong’ (see valid).

Pronunciation

invalid

/inˈvaləd//ɪnˈvæləd/