Definition of valid in English:

valid

adjective

  • 1(of an argument or point) having a sound basis in logic or fact; reasonable or cogent:

    ‘a valid criticism’
    • ‘A woman passenger would not accept this as a valid reason for the delay.’
    • ‘I honestly cannot see a valid argument against legalising prostitution.’
    • ‘The only valid reason for legalising it is that the Government could make more money.’
    • ‘Is love the only valid reason for breaking the law?’
    • ‘The only pressure, exerted by me, was to present good journalism supported by valid evidence.’
    • ‘The market demand is steady and there is no valid reason why prices should drop below the level of last week.’
    • ‘If you do not vote and do not have a valid and sufficient reason for failing to vote, you may be fined.’
    • ‘British agriculture has recently been making the valid claim that its products are of the highest quality in the world.’
    • ‘There can be absolutely no valid reason why my countrymen do not take pride in keeping their country clean.’
    • ‘For once, he was unable to think of a reply, since she actually had a valid point in this argument.’
    • ‘Now any pupil who is suspected of playing truant will be asked to produce a note showing they have a valid reason for being away from school.’
    • ‘"See, to me that's not a valid criticism, " he argues.’
    • ‘The criticism is valid up to a point, but television channels are a bit like human beings: none are wholly good or bad.’
    • ‘For the reasons already stated, I cannot accept this argument as valid.’
    • ‘If we were to give these arguments a cursory assessment we may readily accept the conclusion as valid.’
    • ‘Damascus has a valid claim to be the world's oldest inhabited city.’
    • ‘There are plenty of valid criticisms to be made on both sides during this election.’
    • ‘Ignorance of the laws is not accepted as a valid excuse in any country.’
    • ‘I have found most performers can't differentiate between valid criticism and insane internet gossip.’
    • ‘That's by far the biggest and strongest and most valid criticism of our system.’
    • ‘Careful readers might even notice there were some very valid points in the article.’
    well founded, sound, well grounded, reasonable, rational, logical, justifiable, defensible, defendable, supportable, sustainable, maintainable, workable, arguable, able to hold water, plausible, telling, viable, bona fide
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    1. 1.1 Legally binding due to having been executed in compliance with the law:
      ‘a valid contract’
      • ‘Under English law, the minimum age for contracting a valid marriage is 16 for both men and women.’
      • ‘Thus a bank receiving a valid order from a customer, properly authenticated, is generally bound to execute it.’
      • ‘I therefore find that the assignment was valid and the assignee could sue in its own name.’
      • ‘A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin.’
      • ‘The statutory amendment does not alter a disposition which was valid under the common law rules.’
      • ‘The major premise is that there is a valid Act containing that prohibition.’
      • ‘The measure has been adopted and duly published by the EC Commission and at this time is legally extant and valid.’
      • ‘I believe that oral contract law was valid, I could rely on that, and I trusted her.’
      • ‘Your Lordships therefore went into the question of whether the Ordinance was a valid law.’
      • ‘Just a quarter of the country's farm land is tilled under valid land use contracts.’
      • ‘In essence the plaintiff was claiming that he would not have acted as he did, had he not had a valid contract.’
      • ‘I have no difficulty finding that the agreement was valid and binding between the parties.’
      • ‘It operates before the lawyer/client relationship is formed and on that basis it is a valid law.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the contract in the problem is probably valid and binding at common law.’
      • ‘The primary facts thus are the evidence of the ceremony that is valid according to local law.’
      • ‘I am of course, not a lawyer, so I have no clue at all how legally valid any of this is.’
      • ‘It has been suggested that it would therefore be contrary to public policy to regard the consent as valid.’
      • ‘The transfers were made voluntarily by the applicants under what they at least believed to be valid contracts.’
      • ‘To be legally valid, consent must be sufficiently informed and be freely given by a person who is competent to do so.’
      • ‘If the defendant is entitled to the benefit of a valid trade mark registration, it has the exclusive right to use the mark.’
      correct, authentic, legally acceptable, proper, bona fide, genuine, official, signed and sealed
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    2. 1.2 Legally or officially acceptable:
      ‘the visas are valid for thirty days’
      ‘a valid password’
      • ‘The permit is valid for a period of three years with an extension possibility.’
      • ‘The visas will be valid for three months, it said.’
      • ‘The card which has a distinctive Euro logo is valid for two years.’
      • ‘He has a valid work permit and, he said, should have received his green card months ago.’
      • ‘Did the extras bribe their way in at the gate or did they actually have valid tickets?’
      • ‘The actor also had a valid U.S. passport and was allowed to depart the country.’
      • ‘Without the valid international licence, you must take a multiple choice written test.’
      • ‘Previously he had been charged with drug possession and driving without a valid licence.’
      • ‘The drivers would also be expected to have a valid driver's licence and a valid public driving permit.’
      • ‘The visa is valid until 28 days after the completion of the judicial review proceedings.’
      • ‘Any individual or company with a valid prospecting licence can apply for a prospecting permit.’
      • ‘The penalty for driving without carrying a valid licence on your person is €80.’
      • ‘Currently, foreigners must apply for a work permit that is valid for one year, which may be renewed.’
      • ‘All U.S. citizens entering Canada from a third country must have a valid passport.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She had a pre-paid monthly Metro card valid for standard travel.’
      • ‘He apparently had 600 hours of flight experience and a valid pilot's license.’
      • ‘He arrived in Australia on a valid visa and then applied for refugee status.’
      • ‘Although he is an American with a valid passport, he is not allowed entry.’
      • ‘No spectator will be allowed into the ground without a valid ticket.’
      lawful, legitimate, licit, within the law, legalized
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

valid

/ˈvalɪd/