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val·id

 (văl′ĭd)
adj.
1. Well grounded; just: a valid objection.
2. Producing the desired results; efficacious: valid methods.
3. Having legal force; effective or binding: a valid title.
4. Logic
a. Containing premises from which the conclusion may logically be derived: a valid argument.
b. Correctly inferred or deduced from a premise: a valid conclusion.
5. Archaic Of sound health; robust.

[French valide, from Old French, from Latin validus, strong, from valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots.]

va·lid′i·ty, val′id·ness n.
val′id·ly adv.
Synonyms: valid, sound2, cogent, convincing
These adjectives describe assertions, arguments, conclusions, reasons, or intellectual processes that are persuasive because they are well founded. What is valid is based on or borne out by truth or fact or has legal force: a valid excuse; a valid claim.
What is sound is free from logical flaws or is based on valid reasoning: a sound theory; sound principles.
Something cogent is both sound and compelling: cogent testimony; a cogent explanation.
Convincing implies the power to dispel doubt or overcome resistance or opposition: convincing proof.

va•lid•i•ty

(vəˈlɪd ɪ ti)

n.
1. the state or quality of being valid.
2. legal soundness or force.
[1540–50; < Late Latin]

Validity

 

hold water To be valid, sound, and defensible; to show no inconsistency or deficiency when put to the test. As early as the beginning of the 17th century, this expression was used figuratively of arguments, statements, etc., although both hold and water can be taken literally to describe a vessel or other receptacle’s soundness in retaining a liquid.

Let them produce a more rational account of any other opinion, that will hold water … better than this mine doth. (John French, The York-shire Spaw, 1652)

a leg to stand on Viable proof or justification; something on which to base one’s claims or attitudes. A leg pro vides support and helps to maintain balance. Figuratively this expression is most often heard in the negative not have a leg to stand on, referring to one who fails to support his attitudes or behavior. It is frequently used in legal contexts where an inability to provide proof or justification is pronounced. The still current expression dates from the 16th century.

She hasn’t a leg to stand on in the case. He’s divorcing her, she’s not divorcing him. (M. Spark, Bachelors, 1960)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.validity - the quality of being valid and rigorous
believability, credibility, credibleness - the quality of being believable or trustworthy
2.validity - the quality of having legal force or effectiveness
legality - lawfulness by virtue of conformity to a legal statute
effect, force - (of a law) having legal validity; "the law is still in effect"
3.validity - the property of being strong and healthy in constitution
strength - the property of being physically or mentally strong; "fatigue sapped his strength"

validity

noun
1. soundness, force, power, grounds, weight, strength, foundation, substance, point, cogency Some people deny the validity of this claim.
2. legality, authority, legitimacy, right, lawfulness They now want to challenge the validity of the vote.

validity

noun
The quality of being authentic:
Translations
Validität
kelpoisuusvaliditeetti
veljavnost

validity

[vəˈlɪdɪtɪ] N (all senses) → validez f

validity

[vəˈlɪdəti væˈlɪdəti] n
[contract, document] → validité f
[claim, results, method, argument] → validité f

validity

n
(Jur etc: of document) → (Rechts)gültigkeit f; (of ticket etc)Gültigkeit f; (of claim)Berechtigung f
(of argument)Stichhaltigkeit f; (of excuse etc)Triftigkeit f; the validity of your objectionIhr berechtigter or begründeter Einwand; we discussed the validity of merging these two cinematic styleswir diskutierten, ob es zulässig ist, diese beiden Filmstile zu mischen

validity

[vəˈlɪdɪtɪ] n (of document) → validità; (of argument) → fondatezza, validità

va·lid·i·ty

n. validez.

validity

n validez f
References in classic literature ?
The case at present must remain inexplicable; and may be truly urged as a valid argument against the views here entertained.
Lawless states cannot be expected to keep the peace - a valid argument, but when everyone knows the president's predilections, it's natural for the affected parties to cry foul.
His reference to the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot is not really a valid argument.
Anastasiades' assertion that this is the root of the problem certainly is a valid argument, which unquestionably deserves merit.
Having both hands on the wheel remains a valid argument for keeping the phone away; however, WHO has also noted that using hands-free sets are not much safer than handheld phones.
To help improve the quality of driving on our roads, there is a valid argument that new drivers should be taught general road etiquette.
In this edition, the chapter on valid argument forms revises symbols and the form of some of the rules, and the chapter on causal analysis has reorganized material.
Half of adult Filipinos surveyed agree that a heinous criminal having a chance for reformation is a valid argument against the reimposition of death penalty.
On the last point they may have a valid argument as the EU is so sclerotic at resolving trade deals with anyone - seven years to agree one with Canada.
May I suggest that the RNIB visit the area and see that what I am writing is a valid argument for the safety of sighted and non-sighted residents of Clive Road.
The Reagan Doctrine gets much of the credit for the death of the Soviet empire, but we think Larry Hagman made a valid argument when he said the TV show "Dallas" played a role.
A very valid argument could be made of the most important person this year being the manager, but my outstanding players on the pitch, in reverse order, are below.