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INVALID

Null and void, ineffective. Applied to the sacraments, it means that something essential was missing so that a sacrament was not actually administered or conferred. In ecclesiastical law it means that some declaration, or jurisdiction is without effect because some necessary element was not present.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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