[val-yoo-uh-buh l, -yuh-buh l]
- having considerable monetary worth; costing or bringing a high price: a valuable painting; a valuable crop.
- having qualities worthy of respect, admiration, or esteem: a valuable friend.
- of considerable use, service, or importance: valuable information.
- Usually valuables. articles of considerable value, as of personal property, especially those of relatively small size: They locked their valuables in the hotel safe.
Origin of valuable
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1, 3. Valuable, precious refer to that which has pecuniary or other value. Valuable applies to whatever has value, but especially to what has considerable monetary value or special usefulness, rarity, etc.: a valuable watch. That which is precious has a very high intrinsic value or is very dear for its own sake, associations, or the like: a precious jewel, friendship.
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Examples from the Web for valuable
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This would be valuable in such things as those addresses to joint sessions of Congress.Why 2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless
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They are valuable, but he can do but common things with them because he knows not their possibilities.The Spenders
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Since that time thousands have been added to this valuable collection.The Grand Old Man
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Pears are most valuable when they are canned and used for sauce.
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- having considerable monetary worth
- of considerable importance or qualitya valuable friend; valuable information
- able to be valued
- (usually plural) a valuable article of personal property, esp jewellery
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Word Origin and History for valuable
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