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 Some, like the inestimable Alexandra DeSanctis, are blessed with both speed-reading abilities and comprehension. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 25 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the only player quoted on the record, David DeJulius, has now played college hoops under three coaches – the inestimable John Beilein, the up and coming Juwan Howard, and John Brannen – and has nothing but praise for Brannen. Jay Brinker, The Enquirer, 9 Apr. 2021 Odds that confer an inestimable value on human life under any conditions. Michael Nesset, Star Tribune, 25 Nov. 2020 Almost as posh as Versailles, its galleries hold inestimable riches, including works by Titian, Gainsborough and Turner. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, 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, 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, 4 Sep. 2020 Of course, knowing the language is of inestimable help for foreign travel. Judith Martin, Washington Post, 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, 8 Apr. 2020

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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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9 May 2021

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“Inestimable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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

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