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valuable

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adjective valu·able \ˈval-yə-bəl, -yə-wə-bəl, -yü-ə-\

Simple Definition of valuable

  • : worth a lot of money

  • : very useful or helpful

  • : important and limited in amount

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of valuable

  1. 1 a :  having monetary value b :  worth a good price

  2. 2 a :  having desirable or esteemed characteristics or qualities <valuable friendships> b :  of great use or service <valuable advice>

valuableness

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valuably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of valuable in a sentence

  1. The watch is extremely valuable.

  2. A lot of valuable advice can be found in this book.

  3. I learned a valuable lesson.

  4. He made many valuable contributions to the field of science.

  5. The volunteers provide a valuable service to the community.

  6. She is a valuable member of the staff.

  7. Clean air is a valuable natural resource that needs to be protected.

  8. Please don't waste my time. My time is very valuable.



invaluable = valuable?

Many people find it confusing that the in- prefix at the beginning of invaluable apparently lacks the meaning "not" found in a number of other words, such as invalid, inarticulate, and insane. In fact, the prefix does indicate negation, but in a way that is not immediately obvious. The original (and current) meaning of invaluable is "valuable beyond estimation"; the word describes something so precious that one cannot assign a price to it. This, clearly, is the opposite of the meaning "having no value; valueless" that the word might seem to carry. Invaluable actually has been recorded in the sense "without value," but such use has been exceedingly rare and is practically nonexistent today.

Circa 1576

First Known Use of valuable

circa 1576


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valuable

noun valu·able

Definition of valuable

  1. :  a usually personal possession (as jewelry) of relatively great monetary value —usually used in plural



Circa 1775

First Known Use of valuable

circa 1775



VALUABLE Defined for Kids

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valuable

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adjective valu·able \ˈval-yə-wə-bəl, ˈval-yə-bəl\

Definition of valuable for Students

  1. 1 :  worth a lot of money

  2. 2 :  of great use or service <“I must not take any more of your valuable time.” — E. B. White, Charlotte's Web>




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valuable

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noun valu·able

Definition of valuable for Students

  1. :  a personal possession of great value





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