in·​es·​ti·​ma·​ble | \ (ˌ)i-ˈne-stə-mə-bəl How to pronounce inestimable (audio) \

Definition of inestimable

1 : incapable of being estimated or computed storms caused inestimable damage
2 : too valuable or excellent to be measured or appreciated has performed an inestimable service for his country

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inestimably \ (ˌ)i-​ˈne-​stə-​mə-​blē How to pronounce inestimably (audio) \ adverb

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He has made inestimable contributions to our society. Einstein's inestimable contributions to science.
Recent Examples on the Web An all-year-round hobby that contributes an inestimable amount of happiness to children is Mrs. Guy Stewart McCabe’s — that of creating, collecting, dressing and distributing hundreds of dolls to underprivileged children. Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: Pasadena matron gathers 600 dolls for Christmas donation," 22 Oct. 2019 Since that time, Jarvis’s inestimable volunteer hours have earned more than a dozen civilian honors, including a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 20 Dec. 2019 That would be an inestimable loss, not least since so many of the small colleges are vigorous outposts of traditional liberal-arts education. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "America’s Disappearing Private Colleges," 21 Feb. 2019 All his successes spring from his inestimable genius; all his failures are the product of sabotage by jealous losers. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Impeach Him For Real," 25 Sep. 2019 Then-manager in Bavaria Pep Guardiola was left tearing what little was left of his hair out as Kroos took his inestimable talent to Madrid for the next phase of his decade-defining career, winning back-to-back-to-back Champions League titles., "Toni Kroos: The Underrated Jahrhunderttalent Who Was There for the Biggest Occasions," 24 Sep. 2019 And finally, the week comes to a rousing conclusion with a new HBO special from the inestimable comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "4 new TV shows to try, from Halloween horror to the Flight of the Conchords," 5 Oct. 2018 But his influence on decades of enduring and deep country music was inestimable. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Corsicana creates a Lefty Frizzell festival," 23 May 2018 To create a library is to multiply this effect hundreds or thousands of times, resulting in something of deeply personal and, hence, inestimable value. Ernest Hilbert, WSJ, "‘Packing My Library,’ ‘The Book: An Homage’ and ‘Unpacking My Library’ Reviews: Putting Your Self on a Shelf," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inestimable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inestimable

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin inaestimabilis, from in- + aestimabilis estimable

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“Inestimable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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formal : too great, valuable, or excellent to be measured

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