valuable

1 of 2

adjective

valu·​able ˈval-yə-bəl How to pronounce valuable (audio)
-yə-wə-bəl,
-yü-ə- How to pronounce valuable (audio)
1
a
: having monetary value
b
: worth a good price
2
a
: having desirable or esteemed characteristics or qualities
valuable friendships
b
: of great use or service
valuable advice
valuableness noun
valuably
ˈval-yə-blē How to pronounce valuable (audio)
-yə-wə-blē
-yü-ə-
adverb

valuable

2 of 2

noun

: a usually personal possession (such as jewelry) of relatively great monetary value
usually used in plural

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invaluable = valuable?

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.

Examples of valuable in a Sentence

Adjective The watch is extremely valuable. A lot of valuable advice can be found in this book. I learned a valuable lesson. He made many valuable contributions to the field of science. The volunteers provide a valuable service to the community. She is a valuable member of the staff. Clean air is a valuable natural resource that needs to be protected. Please don't waste my time. My time is very valuable. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
And investors are buying in — the company's market valuation of $3.1 trillion now ranks it ahead of Apple as the world's most valuable company. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 9 Feb. 2024 The increase alone would put Arm among the world’s 500 most valuable companies. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 9 Feb. 2024 With its forest of nutmeg, a spice worth its weight in gold at the time, Rhun used to be one of the world’s most valuable patches of real estate. Muktita Suhartono Nyimas Laula, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Google-owner Alphabet, the third most valuable US company after Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc., isn’t too far away at $1.82 trillion. Ryan Vlastelica, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 The Wolves have Memphis’ second-round pick in this summer’s NBA draft, which could be a valuable asset. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 7 Feb. 2024 The company briefly overtook Apple as the most valuable company in the world. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 And yet the forces that have made people lose faith in the media also create an opportunity for brands like Fortune to become more valuable than ever. Diane Brady, Fortune, 29 Jan. 2024 Staying informed about these trends can be valuable for businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals seeking to stay current in their fields. Angelique Kuiper, Rolling Stone, 29 Jan. 2024
Noun
The museum is filled to the brim with bracelets, swords, and other valuables that have been retrieved from the bogs. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 5 Feb. 2024 People pick through what remains for metal scraps or valuables to sell, in a place where the economy, too, has been devastated. Nicole Tung, Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2024 As far as design, the jacket features an adjustable hood and a plethora of pockets (two hand pockets, one left sleeve pocket, and one internal mesh pocket) to store valuables. Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024 There's even an RFID-blocking pocket to keep your valuables safe from theft. Rachel Simon, Travel + Leisure, 3 Dec. 2023 Flying presents a unique (and often overlooked) theft risk because there are a variety of opportunities for those with nefarious goals to steal valuables. Aly Walansky, Travel + Leisure, 28 Jan. 2024 Police said in each case, the men stole valuables, including jewelry, cash and purses. Olivia Diaz, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024 What seemed to concern the judges the most was that the FBI had established procedures for conducting the raid that were focused on building evidence that cash and valuables were connected to crime. Andrew Wimer, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 His wife, Ram Bibi, 29, also an Afghan citizen, sold valuables to hire a lawyer who could argue that Mr. Gul was a legal resident of Pakistan. Zia Ur-Rehman, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

value entry 2 + -able

Noun

noun derivative of valuable entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

circa 1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of valuable was circa 1576

Dictionary Entries Near valuable

Cite this Entry

“Valuable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valuable. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

valuable

1 of 2 adjective
val·​u·​able
ˈval-yə(-wə)-bəl
1
: worth a large amount of money
a valuable necklace
2
: of great use or service
valuable advice
valuableness noun
valuably
-blē
adverb

valuable

2 of 2 noun
: a possession (as a jewel) of great value
usually used in plural

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