valu·​able | \ ˈval-yə-bəl How to pronounce valuable (audio) , -yə-wə-bəl, -yü-ə- How to pronounce valuable (audio) \

Definition of valuable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having monetary value
b : worth a good price
2a : having desirable or esteemed characteristics or qualities valuable friendships
b : of great use or service valuable advice



Definition of valuable (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from valuable


valuableness noun
valuably \ ˈval-​yə-​blē How to pronounce valuable (audio) , -​yə-​wə-​blē , -​yü-​ə-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for valuable

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This is particularly valuable in a time of shortages when production continuity (via speed of procurement) is so critical. Jens Gamperl, Forbes, "Digitalization Of B2B Purchasing Takes Center Stage Amid Shortages," 11 May 2021 In addition to increasing your brand’s bottom line, social impact initiatives at the company level are valuable in many aspects. Jeff Shuford, Rolling Stone, "Tips on Developing a Dynamic Social Impact Strategy for Brand Growth," 10 May 2021 The results show Fulmer is valuable in pressure situations. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers value Michael Fulmer as 'closet adrenaline junkie' out of bullpen," 10 May 2021 Thomas’ input is especially valuable this training camp, as the Sun are still without three of their starters from last season (Jones, Briann January and Jasmine Thomas) due to overseas commitments. Alexa Philippou,, "Unable to play this season after an Achilles tear, Alyssa Thomas is embracing a new role coaching, guiding her Connecticut Sun teammates," 5 May 2021 There’s a sadness here—but money is, after all, valuable. Claire Dederer, The Atlantic, "The Power of Refusal," 4 May 2021 Some prints can be very valuable, others not so much. Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, "Maclet prints purchased in Paris are not rare," 4 May 2021 Evidence, however, suggests that the men knew that the dog breed was valuable and that this was the motivation for the robbery, according to the police., "Five charged in shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker," 30 Apr. 2021 The reality is much colder: Westbrook has seemingly normalized averaging a triple-double and has been traded twice during that run, suggesting to some that triple-doubles aren’t especially valuable. New York Times, "Russell Westbrook Makes Triple-Doubles Look Easy. They’re Not.," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun People carried their valuables, and on most buses, bags and mattresses were loaded., "The Syrian Response Coordination Group, a relief group active in northwestern Syria, said 216,632 people have fled their homes, many of them with no specific place to go. Many have been heading toward the Turkish border for safety.," 26 Dec. 2019 The mattress and sock drawer aren’t secure places for your cash and federal documents, because neither will protect your valuables from break-ins, fires, or flooding. Popular Science, "Home safes for your money, jewelry, and documents," 11 Mar. 2020 Protect your valuables with this Pelican case—​a rugged water-, dirt-, and dustproof coffin that holds an oversize smartphone, USB cord, keys, and more. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The Best Fishing Gear of 2020," 26 Feb. 2020 Inside, the bag is spacious, and comes with all sorts of traveler bonuses, from ties and clips to secure your valuables to a detachable clear wash bag for all of your toiletries. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Suitcase That Made Me Want to Check My Bags Again," 21 Feb. 2020 Use a secure money belt or put your valuables in an inside pocket away out of reach. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "Day tripping: 10 suggestions for game-planning and packing for a day of sightseeing," 20 Jan. 2020 People carried their valuables, and on most buses, bags and mattresses were loaded., "The Syrian Response Coordination Group, a relief group active in northwestern Syria, said 216,632 people have fled their homes, many of them with no specific place to go. Many have been heading toward the Turkish border for safety.," 26 Dec. 2019 People carried their valuables, and on most buses, bags and mattresses were loaded. Arkansas Online, "Relief group says over 200,000 people flee fighting in Syria," 25 Dec. 2019 San Francisco police are on the hunt for a 44-year-old swindler who’s part of a citywide racket in which crooks put fake gold jewelry on victims and use sleight of hand to swipe their valuables, officials said Monday., "SF police: Beware of fake gold swindlers who steal victims’ real jewelry," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of valuable


circa 1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for valuable


value entry 2 + -able


noun derivative of valuable entry 1

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The first known use of valuable was circa 1576

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14 May 2021

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“Valuable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of valuable

: worth a lot of money
: very useful or helpful
: important and limited in amount


valu·​able | \ ˈval-yə-wə-bəl How to pronounce valuable (audio) , ˈval-yə-bəl \

Kids Definition of valuable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : worth a lot of money
2 : of great use or service “I must not take any more of your valuable time.”— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web



Kids Definition of valuable (Entry 2 of 2)

: a personal possession of great value

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