Examples of invaluable in a Sentence
- Unfortunately, though, Sally does not respond to lithium, which has been invaluable for many patients with manic-depressive illness … —Oliver Sacks, New York Review of Books, 25 Sept. 2008
- … the scrolls provide an invaluable snapshot of at least one important strain in early Judaism—though they are by no means a complete record of Jewish belief at that time. —Jeremy Lott, Lingua Franca, February 2001
- I stayed there only a month or so but it was an invaluable experience … : that month's residence provided the inspiration for a novel I wrote much later, Sophie's Choice. —William Styron, This Quiet Dust and Other Writings, (1953) 1982
Their help has been invaluable to us.
the list of likely donors proved to be invaluable to our fund-raising efforts
Recent Examples of invaluable from the Web
Having everything from processors, underwriters, management staff – those involved in everything from originating a mortgage loan to closing it – work together under the same roof is invaluable.
If indeed Dell had stuck with baseball, the thought of which now seems absurd, Steph wouldn’t have had the NBA exposure at an early age, which Dell said was invaluable to his son’s development.
Seriously, though, books like these are invaluable.
The experience that Al has gained throughout his 20-plus years working in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office is invaluable.
Schwarz's power at the plate (49 career home runs) and four years of starting experience are invaluable.
Ciarelli, who began coaching at Edison in 1982, added that the leadership of senior thrower Spencer Blake, whose season ended at the CIF divisional meet last week, has been invaluable for Elbettar's development this season.
All that boots-on-the ground work has also given women invaluable experience.
Women cajoled to participate in the continuation of their abuse, cajoled by agents of a system to preserve that system, agents who believe that the system is invaluable and the men who comprise it are, too.
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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.
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Definition of invaluable for English Language Learners
: extremely valuable or useful
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