in·es·ti·ma·ble | \(ˌ)i-ˈne-stə-mə-bəl \

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 \ adverb

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invaluable, priceless

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He has made inestimable contributions to our society. Einstein's inestimable contributions to science.

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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 Sunday's Music and Unity benefit concert will be a testament to the unifying, inestimable, enduring power of music. Jonathan Coleman, Billboard, "Can Dave Matthews Heal Charlottesville? Another Longtime Resident Ponders the Possibility," 22 Sep. 2017 This night will be about the unifying, inestimable, enduring power of music. Jonathan Coleman, Billboard, "Can Dave Matthews Heal Charlottesville? Another Longtime Resident Ponders the Possibility," 22 Sep. 2017 Now is the time for Americans to rediscover the inestimable value of tending to our spirits. Keith Bierygolick,, "After Charlottesville, social media prompts Mason response," 18 Aug. 2017 From the opening notes of the best Broadway overture ever composed, Raybon brings out all the texture of the score with crisp precision, from the driving strings to the full color from the winds and the inestimable foundations of the brass. Theodore P. Mahne,, "Tulane's Summer Lyric closes 50th season with simply superb 'Gypsy'," 2 Aug. 2017 The Senate vote will do inestimable reputational damage to the Republican party. Doug Badger, National Review, "Obamacare Repeal and Replace, R.I.P.," 28 July 2017 Meyer, 63, formerly a Butler assistant and longtime Liberty head coach, has joined Jordan’s staff in a hire of inestimable value. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "How did Butler coach LaVall Jordan make his mark? Pay attention.," 21 June 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of inestimable

: too great, valuable, or excellent to be measured

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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