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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His presence could be particularly valuable this year, as the Dodgers are introducing to their clubhouse a potential, if not likely, irritant in Trevor Bauer. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: There’s no way relationship between Justin Turner and Dodgers could have ended," 13 Feb. 2021 Booker also had eight assists, which was valuable since All-Star point guard Chris Paul was sidelined with a sore hamstring. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Booker scores season-high 36, Suns beat Cavs 119-113," 8 Feb. 2021 The experience is valuable for a goalie that had previously only come in for mop-up duty or was given big cushions early by his team. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars’ Jason Robertson scores first career NHL goal with a little help from his rear end," 7 Feb. 2021 As America’s favorite form of TV entertainment, NFL football is extremely valuable, and unfortunately for TV programmers, there’s only one organization that sells it. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "The Super Bowl proves it: The NFL rules the television world," 6 Feb. 2021 Dewsnup said his signing is indicative of how valuable the academy can be to players like him. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "RSL officials lobbying for Herriman soccer academy to be included in team sale, calling it a franchise linchpin," 30 Jan. 2021 This is an extremely valuable perk, and one that isn’t too common yet among reward credit cards — especially a card that comes with no annual fee, such as the IHG Traveler. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "Earn a highest-ever 140,000 bonus points with the IHG Premier credit card," 14 Jan. 2021 Whether these items are sold at auction, estate sale or upscale consignment, the information is extremely valuable in helping to determine authenticity. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Cherry picking estate items could land executor in hot water," 6 Dec. 2020 Good happiness surveys, then, are extremely valuable. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "How (And Why) to Measure Your Own Happiness," 3 Dec. 2020 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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19 Feb 2021

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“Valuable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 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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