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 inestimable (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 Odds that confer an inestimable value on human life under any conditions. Michael Nesset, Star Tribune, "Just lucky, I guess," 25 Nov. 2020 Almost as posh as Versailles, its galleries hold inestimable riches, including works by Titian, Gainsborough and Turner. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "‘Rebecca’ and ‘Killing Eve’ Were Filmed at These Houses. Visit Virtually.," 22 Oct. 2020 Weeks later, the annual hajj was reduced to skeletal proportion to counter the inestimable health risk posed by the five-day religious ceremony. Phillip Morris, National Geographic, "2020 has tested our humanity. Where do we go from here?," 13 Oct. 2020 The training a boy gets as a newspaper carrier is of inestimable value to him in after years. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: In praise of newsies on Newspaper Carrier Day," 4 Sep. 2020 Of course, knowing the language is of inestimable help for foreign travel. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Improving tourist behavior beginning with the selfie," 3 Aug. 2020 That is likely to be an inestimable asset for Biden, who served for eight years as Obama's vice president, in raising money, generating energy and offering advice. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Step One: Done. With Bernie Sanders out, Joe Biden gets an earlier-than-expected start," 8 Apr. 2020 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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

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